A long time ago, I was sitting at my desk happily coding my Active Server Page (ASP) and COM component, when someone approached me and asked if I knew anything about databases. Without even a pause, I answered a confident yes, most people in IT know "something" about databases, right? Well, it turned out that a big project was starting, and they needed someone to create and manage a database. I acquired a server, installed a relational database management system (RDMBS), and executed CREATE DATABASE dbName; GO. And the rest is history. I like to call that out because these days, most of the data storage architecture already exists when you start the job. You must learn what someone else created. You experience problems but do ...

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