I want to get into database administration and eventually database programming and development. I had my first interview and managed to get to the second interview, but after a few days, the recruiter told me that the employer thought my skills were light for what the position required. This was a development-type corporation that developed software for bank insurance companies. (I am in a banking environment now.) How do you think I should plan to sharpen my skills? I'm reading the book Professional SQL Server 2000 Programming by Rob Vieira. Do you have any other books I should read? Rob's book is great so far. I just want to know what else I need. Honestly, I am still feeling bad after that second interview, especially after getting to the door and then not being able to go through it because of my lack of skills. I really want to get into this field, but doors just don't seem to be open for me.
I'm currently in the IT field, but I do more of the technical work for the bank. I do deal with SQL Server, but, like most companies, it's political; the administrator, in my opinion, became a little insecure of me. But anyway any advice you give would be nice. Thank you!
Thanks for your recent e-mail. You sound like you're headed on the right track with the Vieira book. I have two additional lines of inquiry to recommend:
- Improve technical skills and knowledge on SQL Server. Check out the following books as well:
- Brian Knight: Admin911: SQL Server 2000
- Ken England: SQL Server 2000 Performance Optimization and Tuning Handbook
- Robert D. Schneider: Microsoft SQL Server: Planning and Building a High Performance Database
- Joseph Sack: SQL Server 2000 Fast Answers for DBAs and Developers Also look for numerous .NET-related SQL server titles to be showing up in print soon.
- Pursuing MCDBA SQL Server certification (in which case you can tackle development topics as well as the core exams to grow yourself on both administrative and developer fronts).
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