There are six major step-by-step training guides for folks with no technology or coding background to learn SQL and database management. Overall these steps cover topics such as database design, SQL coding, Microsoft SQL Server, Linux operating system and Oracle certifications.
- Database design
As a database admin, designer or manager, you need to know lots of database concepts that do not need any coding knowledge. So at this step you learn what is a database, why it is very important, and how to develop conceptual and logical database models based on project requirements.
- SQL coding
Once you master the concepts behind database design, you can develop and manage your database using Standard Query Language or SQL codes. Unlike previous step, this one requires coding. The good news is that SQL codes are common among many database engines like Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, etc.
- T-SQL coding
It is layer of codes on top of normal SQL programming that is developed by Microsoft and used mainly in databases that uses Microsoft SQL Server or Windows operating system. Learning T-SQL for someone with good knowledge of SQL is very easy.
- Microsoft SQL Server
After you learned SQL and T-SQL you can install and use Microsoft SQL Server. Although this step is not required, it gives you a competitive edge if you can gain Microsoft SQL Server certifications.
- Linux operating system
This step is not required, yet it’s highly recommended as many cloud servers are nowadays running on Linux servers. In other words, to install and use a cloud server like Oracle, you need to know Linux. Obviously, you need not to be an expert on Linux, so basic to intermediate knowledge of Linux would be enough. If you wish to pursue Linux in depth, the following Linux certifications are highly rewarding: Linux+, Linux Professional Institute exam 101 and 102, Red Hat Certified System Admin, and Red Hat Certified Engineer.
- Oracle SQL database certifications
The ultimate goal of many people who learn database design and like to pursue it as a professional career is an Oracle certification. Indeed, Oracle offers many highly reputable certifications related to database design and management such as Oracle Database SQL Fundamentals and Oracle Database 11g. In order to take an Oracle certification exam, passing step 1, 2, and 5 are required.
Whether your goal is to become a certified Microsoft database developer or Oracle one, above 6 steps will guide you through the whole training process.
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