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Re: Your frank opinion

From: Rachel Carmichael <>
Date: Wed, 07 Jun 2000 13:45:08 GMT
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Bravo! We are paid for our experience and our ability to THINK. Any one can memorize.. but applying what they have memorized is a skill that is worth big bucks.

That, and the ability not to panic when something goes wrong :)


>From: guy ruth hammond <>
>To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L <>
>Subject: Re: Your frank opinion
>Date: Wed, 07 Jun 2000 01:18:11 -0800
>Deepak Sharma wrote:
> >
> > Joe,
> >
> > Absolutely true. Knowledge is what we get paid for.
> > This has been my experience too regd the work I have
> > been doing, (esp. Physical DBA).
>Ah, but we're not really paid for knowledge. Consider: everything
>I know about Oracle (and a whole lot more besides) you can get for
>the price of downloading Adobe Acrobat, then registering on Oracle
>Technology Network. While it is true that it is possible to make a
>living as a "walking encyclopedia", our value is that we can take
>knowledge of the technology, and the business scenario, and combine
>them into a solution. Latter day alchemists, if you please :0)
>When I was a kid at school, you could earn gold stars on the chart
>on the wall (this was a long time ago... ) by standing in front of
>the class and reciting a multiplication table. Even back then, I never
>bothered to memorize them, like the other kids did: I'd just work them
>out whenever I needed to. And nowadays, I'd be hard pressed to describe
>some of the more obscure SQL syntax, but I can just look that up. Our
>skill is knowing what can be done, then reducing it to what should be
>done. Oh, and knowing how to post to this list ;0)
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