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Old 03-03-2004, 04:29 PM   #1
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Learning a Database

I would really like to do something to further my knowledge. Right now I am big into playing games because it lets me escape from the downward spiral I call life. I'm 20 yrs old and going to a tech school for Network Sys Admin. I know I have a self-esteem problem but thats a different issue. I did a little Java programming but I don't know that I really wanna learn to program because thats an industry that I can see going over seas for cheaper labor... so I'm was wondering about DB and where to start with that as far as what is easier to learn. Maybe start out making simple web apps with php or something and then move along toward more complex things like "" I was lookin at hotjobs and saw that DB Admins make hella much and I really would like a good job someday so I can support my growing family(Me+My wife+My unborn) I know I'm into IT and right now I have a Job in networking and I'm into that scene but I would like to know DB some too... Neway thanx
Old 03-03-2004, 05:04 PM   #2
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First and foremost is the respectably generic answer "find something you like to do and then figure out how to make a living doing it". Which is the approach I took, and it worked.

The bucks are attractive, but if you aren't cut out for the job then you're never going to make it in that profession.

You can make a more than adequate salary in the networking field. Study, take some tests and get your certifications. I know a few guys that can basically tell you how much you will pay them if they work for you.

Enough of that...

If you want a simple database to play with try MySQL. It's quick to set up, simple to work with, and there a slew of free tools to help you manage it. Take a look at phpMyAdmin. It's a web based and easy to work with. Best of all it tells you the commands it is using to do it's job, which makes it a good teacher too.
Old 03-03-2004, 05:11 PM   #3
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I like to play games and work on computers, play games more though.. but i dont think i could get a game tester job that will support me when im 40+

so am i gonna hafta learn the language SQL


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