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Freeman speaks on Oracle DBA skills

Robert Freeman, noted Oracle guru and Oracle author shared his advice for becoming an Oracle DBA:
The best ways to learn how to administer Oracle databases are:
  1. Find a mentor

    who knows Oracle and who knows how to mentor. I had a great mentor when I first started working with Oracle and it makes all the difference in the world.
  2. Training is helpful, but I'd suggest you

    sit down with Oracle

    and use if for a while (create a few tables, a few users, and learn basic SQL) before you actually go to training.
  3. Read, read, read.

    Load up on books. Join Oracle related forums and news groups and read them daily. Forums like the

    Oracle DBA Forum,, Oracle-L and LazyDBA all will provide insight and education on a daily basis.

  4. User group meetings

    , like IOUG-A, are invaluable to the learning process. It is in these environments that you can learn from a large number of people, on a large number of topics. In addition, you have the University sessions, such as the one I'm doing for the beginning DBA, that can be most helpful in learning about Oracle.
  5. Finally, don't believe everything you hear or read, in fact, don't believe anything you hear.

    Oracle is about few absolutes.

    Every system is different, and there are many different ways of doing things. Do not build yourself a box of ideas that can never change, because that does not make for the best of DBA's. There are some best practices, and standards, that are somewhat absolute, but for the most part, it's all fluid and situation-dependent.


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