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Re: set a rollback segment for a specific user

From: Richard Foote <>
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2002 11:07:14 +1000
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Hi All,

Oracle Education most certainly *IS* training. A few points.

  1. The core DBA curriculum is primarily aimed at the new/novice Oracle DBA. It's vital that the basics, the foundation knowledge and skills be in place before anyone can develop into a master. Oracle Education courses are excellent in developing these core skills and competences. Once in place, professional growth based on an correct understanding of how Oracle functions can take place.
  2. Some courses are better (eg. Backup and Recovery) than others (eg. Performance Tuning). None are perfect but overall they serve their purpose. It's often the quality or otherwise of an instructor and the additional input they provide that makes or breaks a particular course.
  3. The fact the Oracle courses are so tied with OCP is unfortunate. OCP has its weaknesses (no argument there), but that shouldn't distract from the importance and indeed relevance of most of the training available.
  4. These courses should only be viewed as a *START* to the learning process. Nobody seriously suggests that a couple of weeks of training means you are a fully competent, Jonathon level guru. The fact that the OCP program suggests otherwise is, as I said unfortunate. But what it does mean is that you have all the necessary prerequisites to professionally grow and develop without incorrect assumptions or blind spots hindering or warping this. It's the subsequent experience and the trials and errors of being a DBA in a professional environment that completes the process (if it's ever really complete). And this takes time ...
  5. Value for money is a difficult one. I personally believe Oracle training is too expensive and that some of the courses are a bit long and verbose. However, it was a rare customer who left my classes not satisfied with the training they received. Many, many of them have subsequently developed into excellent DBAs. How they would have developed without the training or with different training is difficult to say but much feedback suggests that the training they did receive was an important and worthwhile first few steps.

My thoughts :)


"Niall Litchfield" <> wrote in message news:3d45ae79$0$12039$
> "Daniel Morgan" <> wrote in message
> > I agree and would add that ... part of the reason people perceive Oracle
> as hard,
> > and/or expensive, to manage is that in truth they never received decent
> training. An
> > OCP class is not training. Oracle Education is truly not training.
> I disagree Oracle education is training (/pedant though it may not be
> education /pedant). The trouble is education only gets you so far. As
> said to me in an entirely different post "experience is what you get when
> you were expecting something else". training doesn't substitute for
> experience - it merely prompts it. IMO anyway.
> I wan't to be clear though I learned a lot from oracle training. It was
> worth the money. Actually let me say that again with emphasis ORACLE
> TRAINING IS WORTH THE CASH. The problem is that folk think you can do 3
> weeks worth of classes and end up with Jonathon/Nuno/Sybrand/Connor's
> of expertise. You can't. It does on the whole though prevent you from
> commiting planned stupidity;this is A Good Thing (tm) The problem is not
> the training its the expectations. We can argue over who is responsible
> these. I won't be budged on oracle education being value for money though.
> > And for those of us earning in six figures
> Please don't do this to me you know it hurts <g>.
> --
> Niall Litchfield
> Oracle DBA
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