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  1. #1
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    Unanswered: From Testing to Databases

    Hi All,
    Currently Iam working as a Software Tester for a firm which develops CRM software (makes use of Data Mining stuff). The product I test requires quite a bit of interaction with Databases (specifically Oracle 10g and SQL Server 2005).

    If I want to make a move from Software Testing to any other path related to databases, what should be my approach to it. I am pretty sure that in coming days I will be interacting with Oracle 10g much more and If i wish I can learn many things abt Oracle 10g plus SQL in general and PL/SQL along with my regular testing work.


    Will some kind of Oracle certification be helpful as my core experience is in testing (2.5 yrs). but I am very keen on moving into
    DB. Hence certification mite be the first step.

    Any inputs would be highly appreciated

    Regards
    PS

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    Cool

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  3. #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by psarangi
    Will some kind of Oracle certification be helpful as my core experience is in testing (2.5 yrs). but I am very keen on moving into
    DB. Hence certification mite be the first step.
    As I'm not sure exactly where you're located, but I would say in general, no. I am certified and frankly its useless. My company paid for my certification, so I figured why not? It doesnt hurt on the resume, but certification alone will not get you what you want.

    But if you are trying for a development job, and have no "real" Oracle experience, but a certification, I'd say 8 or 9 times out of 10, you will lose out to someone with 2 years experience and no certification. I know in the US at least, work experience is looked at much more than the certifications are. Can't speak for other countries.

    That being said, the links in the above post are great places to start - download the database, and start playing around!
    Oracle OCPI (Certified Practicing Idiot)

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    All the documentation for Oracle 10Gr2 is at

    http://www.oracle.com/pls/db102/homepage?remark=tahiti

    Make sure to read the books listed under Getting Started

    The database itself is free to download and use as long as it is ONLY used for training or evaluation. The link for the database is

    http://www.oracle.com/technology/sof...10g/index.html

    A number of very good support forums are available for free. While most require registration, they do not cost anything to join. Some links follow.

    http://asktom.oracle.com (Tom Kyle, a very smart person at Oracle Corp)
    http://www.dbforums.com/ (This forum)
    http://www.orafaq.com/forum/ (oracle specific forum)
    http://www.orafaq.com/scripts/ (Example Scripts)
    http://forums.oracle.com/forums/index.jspa (Oracle's official user community forum)
    http://www.tek-tips.com/ (not oracle specific, but some very good oracle sections)

    Good luck with your efforts and feel free to ask questions. Welcome to the wonderful world of oracle.
    Bill
    You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

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