As a DBA, I sure do a lot of non-DBA stuff these days - the next story is a perfect example.
For the last 2,5years I've been spending about 60% of my time at a customer's site. Because I have a java background and know a thing or two about Oracle application server and networking, they give me projects you normally don't give to a DBA.
For example :
- setting up linux based clustered load balancers (instead of using blue coat or big-ip f5)
- setting up linux/apache based clustered reverse proxies/ssl terminators
- build a SAML v2 extension to Oracle SSO server
- Oracle SSO server integration with Belgian e-ID passports
(mental note - blog about above topics)
People might say those are not a dba's task - and I guess that's true but I need a challenge now and then to keep the job interesting ...
Anyway - I was in a meeting with this customer a couple of weeks ago and I got a new challenge.
They asked me if I would be able to consume webservices from within PLSQL.
So I said sure - no problem - piece of cake - bring it on.
They prefer PLSQL - as they have a lot of PLSQL experienced developers in-house, some VB/.net developers and no java
developers. So it would either be PL/SQL or .net.
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