Question: I have read your fantastic web
pages and I notice that you refer to Oracle as "he". Why do
you call Oracle as a man? Are you a sexist pig?
Answer: No, I'm not sexist, I am simply
honoring database tradition. One sure sign of an experienced
DBA is referring to a database as male, a tradition that only a
seasoned veteran will know.
Just as the Spanish
language arbitrarily refers to nouns as either masculine or
feminine, database systems have been traditionally referred to as
male. Ever since the 1970's IMS databases, all database
management systems have been referred to as masculine, such as "When
Oracle complies a precompiler, he checks the semantics".
When I started as a full-time DBA in 1983, all DBA referred to
the database software as "he" or "him". Calling a database
masculine is database tradition, not sexist!
If you want to appear as an Oracle expert, referring to Oracle as
"he" or "him" will instantly mark you as a savvy Oracle
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