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|Location||London, United Kingdom|
|Introduction||I'm a freelance Oracle practitioner, specializing in database design and development.|
I studied history at university but didn't want to stay in academia. After my finals I read "Neuromancer" by William Gibson and decided to try computing. Those were the days when a history graduate with no relevant experience could get a job in IT. Luckily, I had an aptitude. At school, one teacher had repeatedly told my class that history was a training in the gathering, analysis and presentation of data; we scoffed but he was right. Also I enjoyed programming COBOL. It was like being paid to solve crossword puzzles all day.
Since 1992 I have worked on Oracle database systems. Over that time I have worked as a data modeller, designer, developer and DBA. I have also undertaken assignments as a business analyst and a technical architect. If pushed, I would have to say I'm happiest writing PL/SQL programs. I am least happy when attempting to marry a normalised data model to the needs of an ORM tool.
I was made an Oracle ACE programme in 2003 . In the same year I won the Oracle Magazine OTN Contributor of the Year award.
Also known as Arfur C.
|Favorite Movies||Koyaanisqaatsi, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Apocalypse Now, Hard Target, The Right Stuff, Casablanca, The Seven Samurai, 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould, About A Boy, Diva|
|Favorite Music||Orbital - Snivilisation, Scott Walker - Scott 3, Philip Glass - Koyaanisqaatsi OST, The Fall - Hex Enduction Hour, Portishead - Dummy, Loop Guru - Duniya, Brumel - Missa "Terra Motus Est", Bach - Goldberg Variations (Gould, 1981), Tindersticks - (second album), Les Troubabdours De Roi Baudouin - Missa Luba|
|Favorite Books||William Gibson - Neuromancer, Damon Runyon - Furthermore, Douglas Hofstadter - Godel Escher Bach, Richard Feynman - Surely You Must Be Joking Mr Feynman, TS Eliot - Selected Poems, JG Ballard - Collected Short Stories, Paul Reps - Zen Flesh Zen Bones, Edward Luttwak - The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire, Will Self - Great Apes, Lawrence Durrell - The Alexandria Quartet, Jared Diamond - Guns Germs and Steel, Saki - The Collected Short Stories, Brian Eno - A Year With Swollen Appendices|
If mud is dirt plus water, what is clay?
The stuff that feet are made of