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Learning Oracle in plain English

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonApril 27,  2015

One of the skills I learned as an adjunct university professor was to explain complex computer science topics in plain English.  We often used metaphors and examples, like "a database is like a large filing cabinet".

Any Oracle DBA is also a mentor and teacher and they must be able to use concrete examples to explain advanced technical topics so that the end-users can understand. 

For example, the Google job interview asks job candidates to explain complex database concepts in plain English:


"Explain a database in three sentences to your eight-year-old nephew."

But it's not just Oracle where plain English explanations are valuable.  This article is an outstanding example, complex electrical engineering explained in plain English.

We created Rampant TechPress with this in-mind, that a real expert can deliberately over-simplify and over-generalize a complex issue for the benefit of beginners.  It is nonsense to attempt to teach all of the minutiae and exceptions to any Oracle concept.  As the student learns, then the exceptions can be introduced.



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