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OCP Instructors Guide for Oracle DBA Certification

Chapter 3 - Review Meetings

Setting up a Successful Test System in Oracle

This meeting is held as soon as the application developers are ready to begin the actual coding process. The ultimate goal of this meeting is for application developers to have a firm understanding of what is required to create and maintain a successful Oracle test environment. Discussions on Oracle utilities, SQL statements, procedural code, Oracle security, batch script testing, benchmarking, testing and monitoring are of prime importance at this time. The DBA must make it clear to all involved that the DBA unit is always available to answer questions and troubleshoot poorly performing SQL throughout the entire application development life cycle.  It is imperative that the DBA make every effort to find and correct problems during this stage of the development process. Maintaining a proactive stance instead of a reactive one will always prove to be beneficial when it comes to correcting design problems. There are always enough potential problems lurking in the system for the DBA to solve without adding any additional ones through faulty application design. Topics to be discussed in this meeting include:

  • Division of duties between DBA, systems, application development and business units

  • Test hardware platform, O/S installation, configuration and administration

  • Data feeds required from other architectures

  • Data load and update processing and scheduling

  • SQL Loader control cards

  • Test system availability requirements

The above text is an excerpt from:

OCP Instructors Guide for Oracle DBA Certification
A Study Guide to Advanced Oracle Certified Professional Database
Administration Techniques

ISBN 0-9744355-3-8

by Christopher T. Foot

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