Saturday, February 12, 2011

Getting Started...

An oft asked question is: "how do I get started". As in getting started in IT, in programming, in database development - whatever.

You can check out some answers to that question from various opinion holders - including people such as Jonathan Lewis, Arup Nanda, myself and others in this months NoCOUG Journal.

This months journal is "unique" and somewhat special to me. See if you can guess why. I'll make it interesting - if you can post a comment here stating why this months journal is special (to me) - I'll send you an autographed copy of "Expert Oracle Database Architecture - 2nd edition". You'll need to include some method of contacting you (suggest a disposable email address if you don't want to post your real one).

The NoCOUG Journal team is of course not invited to this little contest as they already know the answer :)

UPDATED: Congratulations to Dave K. for correctly pointing out that my son Alan took the picture that is the cover of the journal this month!


Anonymous Anonymous said....

Is this because it (25th anniv.) coincides with your IT career?!

GS -

Sat Feb 12, 06:06:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

@GS: that would have been my first guess, too. So I'll guess something else:

The person who was your mentor in 1987++ also contributed to this issue?

--Andy @,
who also was out of college in 1987, and began working in Oracle in 1990. (version 6.0.26, a terrible release.)

Sat Feb 12, 06:27:00 PM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

It is not 25 years (I started in 1987, 24 years ago)...

It is not because of a mentor contributing...

Sat Feb 12, 07:41:00 PM EST  

Blogger Gary Myers said....

I'll go with a 10 year anniversary, perhaps of your first contribution to the journal. My Google-Fu isn't up to locating a copy though.

Sat Feb 12, 09:31:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Gwen Shapira said....


Don't feel bad - NoCOUG has online copies for the year or two, but not 10 years back.

Your googling is probably fine :)

Sat Feb 12, 11:02:00 PM EST  

Blogger silentd said....

Because the cover photo was taken by your son Alan?

-Dave K.

Sat Feb 12, 11:04:00 PM EST  

Blogger hmartinezlopez said....

can't always have a mentor =(

is the 10th anniversary of asktom?


Sun Feb 13, 12:45:00 AM EST  

Blogger mathewbutler said....

I think that @silentd beat me to it.
"Front Cover photo by Alan Kyte"

mathewbutler at yahoo dot com

Sun Feb 13, 03:58:00 AM EST  

Blogger Gary Myers said....

I think they've got older copies...but the inconsistent naming standards makes it hard to pick out the URL.

select to_char(issue_date,'YYYY-MM')||'NoCOUGJournal.pdf' from issues;


Sun Feb 13, 05:29:00 AM EST  

Blogger Iggy Fernandez said....


We uploaded ten years worth of old journals yesterday - beginning with May 2001 - and Google will probably index them soon. Check The publication of the NoCOUG Journal coincides with NoCOUG's quarterly conferences and therefore the last two characters of the file name would be 02, 05, 08, or 11 denoting February, May, August, Tom was interviewed in the August 2004 issue. Check


Sun Feb 13, 08:54:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Tom, Is it because you found the same advise/suggestion how to 'get started' on this for the first time?

-Taj (

Sun Feb 13, 01:40:00 PM EST  

Blogger mathewbutler said....

Further to my previous comment.

"Front Cover photo by Alan Kyte"

But is that you in the picture?

mathewbutler at yahoo dot com

Sun Feb 13, 02:55:00 PM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

@Mathewbutler -

that is not me in the picture, that was the tour guide escorting us down into the Grand Canyon during the summer of 2007. Alan was 14 when he shot that one handed while riding a mule :)

Sun Feb 13, 03:08:00 PM EST  

Blogger Gary Myers said....

@Iggy, Thanks.
I'll download them soon and can read them on the train.

Sun Feb 13, 05:09:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I don't suppose you'll be at the conference in Burlington MA on 3/16?


Wed Feb 16, 12:22:00 PM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

@Alex -

no, I'm not scheduled for a conference in MA...

Wed Feb 16, 12:25:00 PM EST  


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