Re: Oracle NoSQL Documentation

From: Robert Freeman <>
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 11:30:37 -0700 (PDT)
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You make a good point in that you can't know about everything.... Typically we in technology we tend to be focused on specific areas of expertise. I believe that my argument applies within those chosen areas of expertise. If we wish to remain marketable then we have to keep up with the times. I don't think an Oracle DBA needs to know about Java to maintain an expertise within the database area of expertise. You just need to keep up with that technology (which in itself can be a big deal). An Oracle 7 DBA who still does things the Oracle 7 way isn't nearly as marketable as those with Oracle 11g RAC skills as skills are generally backwards compatible... :)

Of course keeping up with Java, C#, and any other technologies make you more marketable.

The question I guess is what are your career and salary goals.... ? Given the answer to that question, one should decide how to proceed.


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From: Norman Dunbar <> To:
Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 9:12 AM Subject: Re: Oracle NoSQL Documentation

Evening all,

On 19/10/11 16:22, Robert Freeman wrote:
> Respectfully, if you want to stay relevant in this field, you need to disengage from this kind of thinking. It is a fact that technology is changing, that new needs need new solutions and that no mater how we hate it, change happens. You need to be prepared to deal with change, or become irrelevant and less marketable. Frankly, if I were a hiring manager and you displayed that kind of attitude in an interview, I'd probably disqualify you on the spot.
Hmm. I tend to disagree a little. Yes, keep up to date with technology and what is happening in your own field, but keeping up with the latest paradigms? Surely not.

I seem to have managed pretty well keeping up with Oracle as best I can, but I've managed to miss out on Java (personal hatred for it!), C#, "agile", Whatever on rails and so on. These things come and these things go.

Having said that, with Oracle behind it, it is probably a good idea to investigate the technology.


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