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Why is Oracle masculine?

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonMarch 19, 2015

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 professional!

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