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Forget 8i and start over with 10g?

I am an MS SQL DBA who was laid off June, 2001. Before this happened, my manager wanted me to learn Oracle so I was sent to classes (The DBA Track) for Oracle8i. Working with a senior Oracle DBA I was just beginning to learn the database and have not worked with it since. Should I start all over again with Oracle10g?

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One of the nice things about a new Oracle version is that very little has been removed that used to be in a previous version. This means that most of the things you learn in 8i will still be available in 10g. If I was attempting to learn Oracle again, I'd start with 10g. I get the 8i features as well as all of the 9i and 10g features to play with. There are a few things that get lost from version to version, but they are rare.

This was first published in April 2004

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