Re: How do Oracle DBA's look or behave like when they reach their golden years?

From: Hans Forbrich <>
Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:49:17 -0700
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On 25/02/2014 11:29 AM, Fred Habash wrote:
> So, one has done Oracle for 20 or more years and reached Oracle
> 'nervana' . now what?
> How does such a long career in Oracle bring about life satisfaction
> (or not)?

Nothing in life is static, not even the DBA.

I started with this stuff in 1984, Oracle v4, but had plenty of years as contract programmer before that. The things that have kept me going:

  • never a dull moment ... if it starts getting dull, I'm not checking new features;
  • rarely a repeat ... I'm not a DBA, I'm an AAGG (All Around Good Guy) as is any serious DBA.

I relish learning, and I enjoy helping others, so I now do a lot of conferences and OTN Tours. That is pretty cool and very satisfying.

Besides, since a large number of IT workers don't seem to [want to, or have time to] read or learn from history, the mistakes of the 90's and early 00's are showing up again, and us Greybeards can sit around the fire telling old stories for a fee, and appear at least somewhat smart. ;-)


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