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Our developer advocate team, led by Steven Feuerstein of PL/SQL fame, is looking for someone to help spread the good word – about SQL. You can read about the job here, but I thought I would throw in my two or even 3 cents on the matter.

I have been evangelizing or advocating or helping – funny how those words are so similar but subtly different tastes in one’s mouth – database development tools for about 10 years now. It’s been the greatest thing to happen to me professionally. And apart from the life I have with my wife and kids, it’s really been about the best thing to have happened to me personally as well.

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I have learned so much – not just technical stuff, but REAL stuff like:

  • how to sell (without really selling)
  • how to write – I’ll let you be the judge of just how much I’ve learned there
  • all this social media stuff…

…the list gets really boring from there. But on the personal side, I’ve been to a ton of great places and have met even more great people. And I’ve become friends with many of them. I work from my home, but I feel like I work in an office of dozens, or even hundreds of people – I talk to these great folks many times a day via chat, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

So, before this turns into a rambling bunch of nonsense, I would urge you to consider applying for this job if:

  • you already know SQL quite well, but want to truly grok it
  • you want to have the best job in technology
  • you want to work with the brightest people in the world
  • you want to never stop learning
  • you want to become an amazing storyteller
  • you want a free trip to Oracle OpenWorld every year

Ok, I was being a little facetious with that last one, but that kind of stuff is pretty cool.

If you’re gonna apply, I would recommend internet stalking some of our existing SQL experts, and see what THEY think is important. I’ll give you a few hints. They include regular expressions, analytic functions, and bind variables.

P.S. You should know that I have no official stake in this position, and I won’t be involved in any of the hiring decisions. This is just my personal thoughts on the subject. I think this is an amazing opportunity for someone out there, so don’t let it slip by you!

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