There is high demand and competition for professionals in the Information Technology (IT) industry, and the Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) certification is the hottest credential in the database world. You have made the right decision to pursue certification: Being an OCP will give you a distinct advantage in this highly competitive market.
Many readers may already be familiar with Oracle and do not need an introduction to the Oracle database world. For those who aren’t familiar with the company, Oracle (founded in 1977), is the world’s leading database company and second-largest independent software company, with revenues of more than $9 billion, serving more than 145 countries. Oracle databases are the de facto standard for large Internet sites, and Oracle has positioned itself to continue this dominance of the Internet market.
This book is intended to help you on your exciting path toward obtaining the Oracle8i Certified Database Administrator and Oracle8i Certified Application Developer certifications. Basic knowledge of Oracle SQL and PL/SQL is an advantage when reading this book but is not mandatory. Using this book and a practice database, you can start learning Oracle and pass the IZ0-001 test: Introduction to Oracle: SQL and PL/SQL.
The number one reason to become an Oracle Certified Professional is to gain more visibility and greater access to the industry’s most challenging opportunities. The OCP program is the best way to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in Oracle database systems. The certification tests are scenario-based, which is the most effective way to assess your hands-on expertise and critical problem-solving skills.
Certification is proof of your knowledge and shows that you have the skills required to support Oracle core products. The OCP program can help a company to identify proven performers who have demonstrated their skills and who can support the company’s investment in Oracle technology. It demonstrates that you have a solid understanding of your role and the Oracle products used in that role.
This book covers everything you need to pass the OCP: Introduction to Oracle: SQL and PL/SQL exam. This exam is part of the Database Administrator track, as well as the Application Developer track. It teaches you the basics of Oracle, SQL, and PL/SQL. Each chapter begins with a list of exam objectives.