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bio website radiofreetooting.blogspot.com
location London, United Kingdom
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I studied history at university but didn't want to stay in academia. After my finals I read "Neuromancer" by William Gibson and decided to try computing. Those were the days when a history graduate with no relevant experience could get a job in IT. Luckily, I had an aptitude. At school, one teacher had repeatedly told my class that history was a training in the gathering, analysis and presentation of data; we scoffed but he was right. Also I enjoyed programming COBOL. It was like being paid to solve crossword puzzles all day.

Since 1992 I have worked on Oracle database systems. Over that time I have worked as a data modeller, designer, developer and DBA. I have also undertaken assignments as a business analyst and a technical architect. If pushed, I would have to say I'm happiest writing PL/SQL programs. I am least happy when attempting to marry a normalised data model to the needs of an ORM tool.

I was made an Oracle ACE programme in 2003 . In the same year I won the Oracle Magazine OTN Contributor of the Year award.


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awarded  Yearling
Aug
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answered Oracle 10g cannot start after cloning server with dd
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awarded  Commentator
Aug
9
comment Is it possible to restore an Oracle DB on a different Operating System?
What sort of backup do you have? RMAN? Export? Copies of datafiles?
Jul
20
answered Oracle Restore and recover Database on the same host?
May
10
answered Microsoft SQL alternative for Oracle's Imp and Exp command
Mar
20
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Oct
17
answered installing oracle 11g in ubuntu 10.10
Sep
6
answered how to imp whole database and replace current data?
Jun
20
comment What DBMS' have tight integration with a dedicated OS'?
@FrankComputer - the list price for a quarter rack Exadata is USD300K plus some extra for storage, but that doesn't include the database licenses. As @OMGPonies notes, buying those is a big chunk o' change.
Jun
20
answered What DBMS' have tight integration with a dedicated OS'?
Apr
5
answered Installing a Software Package On Clients From The Server
Mar
23
comment Corrupt Database
Backup and recovery is an Admin issue - should be on Server Fault.
Mar
19
comment ORA- 01157 / Cant connect to database
+1 for the importance of a backup.
Jan
4
awarded  Teacher
Jan
4
answered Undo Overwritten File
Aug
25
comment What's wrong with always being root?
Traceability is crucial in systems where more than one person works as a sysadmin. It is not just desirable it is mandated by regulatory regimes.
Aug
25
awarded  Supporter
Aug
25
awarded  Autobiographer