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Re: Advise needed: Can I use/learn Oracle quickly?

From: Ed prochak <>
Date: 18 Feb 2004 14:52:34 -0800
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Daniel Morgan <> wrote in message news:<1076961822.545851_at_yasure>...
> Ed prochak wrote:
> > Thankfully I learned ORACLE as part of researching Databases for a
> > client company to use. really looking into the underlying technology
> > and the feature sets at that time made ORACLE the clear winner for
> > their needs. But I also learned enough that ORACLE is not best for ALL
> > needs, especially given the costs.
> >
> > Good luck Erwin!
> > Ed
> Apparently it has been a long time since you've checked the price of
> Oracle. One can now purchase a license for a lot less than $1000 USD.

Maybe an individual developer can get that price (for non-commercial use), or a company embedding ORACLE in thousands of devices MIGHT be able to negotiate prices like that. (that's what was done for that client I mentioned. They bought bulk executable lincenses for use in embedded systems. But that was about 10years ago.)

 Try getting that price for a small company web server. I'm not currently involved directly in these contracts, but our company has clients paying in the tens of thousands of dollars for their licenses. AND NO they are not running huge machines. In one case, I believe the ORACLE license is costing MORE than the server it runs on.

But you missed my point. For a given application, there may be a less expensive alternative that provides all the needed functionality at a lower cost. With open source software now, the out-of-pocket cost may be ZERO. (Support costs are a separate issue). ORACLE is a great DATABASE. But it's only one of many. Pick the tool that is right for the job is all I'm saying.

Have a great day.
  Ed Received on Wed Feb 18 2004 - 16:52:34 CST

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