Eye on Oracle

May 30 2007   10:06AM GMT

Oracle jobs: Skills you don’t need, skills you do

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

Check out Computerworld’s list of the top 10 dead or dying computer skills—if any of these are on your resume, they claim, they’re not doing you any favors in the marketability department!

The list of IT skills to kick to the curb includes COBOL, the non-relational DBMS (such as hierarchical and network database management systems), non-IP networks, C programming and OS/2.

Computerworld’s readers wrote in in droves to come to the defense of COBOL, C and ColdFusion (another programming language on the list), as detailed in a follow-up piece. One of the many (irritated) commentors on the article wrote, “I’m surprised the author didn’t repeat the old canard about ‘the mainframe is dead.’ Because many things on this list are just as accurate.” Readers argued that C is still heavily in use for the development of embedded and mobile systems; one claimed that “COBOL is still one of the most important languages on the face of the planet—virtually every financial transaction touches a COBOL system of some sort.”

These readers sound defensive . . . are they just angry because their areas of expertise threaten to become obsolete? Or are these skills really still as relevant and in demand as ever?

As for skills you can use, Dimitri Gielis suggests getting some non-Oracle training to become a better Oracle expert. “The more you know of Oracle, the better you do your Oracle job? I think that’s only partially true,” he writes. “I believe having experience and soft skills are also important.” Gielis recommends following non-Oracle frameworks such as ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) and PRINCE2 for development.

Happy learning (and unlearning),

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