Some vaguely structured thoughts on the differences that you see between SQL as implemented by one DBMS and that of another.
Two recent research studies have given a boost to the many people outside of the IT industry who are keen to move into this lucrative industry. (And for those of you inside the industry, don't forget just how lucky you are, with salaries well above the norm).
e-skills UK, the UK Government IT industry skills council published a report which includes the statistic that 60% of employers do not consider an IT degree to be an important factor when selecting potential candidates for jobs in IT.
And market research firm Vanson Bourne published data which shows that only 12% of HR managers would hire an IT graduate.
So if you are looking to break into IT, then consider this news positive. Get the right training and this will count for more than 3 years in an academic degree course. Fortunately you can also train at the weekends - take a look at Weekend IT Training
site for courses in Oracle database administration and database development.
The old Microsoft certification MCDBA has been replaced by a new Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certification which comes in various flavours, including "MCITP: Database Developer" and "MCITP: Database Administrator".
The exam required is 70-431 after which you get the nominal Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS) certification.
Then you have to pass two more exams:- 70-443 and 70-444 at which point you become a MCITP SQL Server 2005 Database Administrator, or 70-441 and 70-442 at which point you become a MCITP SQL Server 2005 Database Developer.
However if you are instead interested in Oracle training at the weekend to turn you into an Oracle 10g DBA, please see Weekend Oracle DBA Training