Basically I'm interested in the straight role of a DBA; designing, creating, implementing, fine tuning, reporting and backup & recovery.
SQL Server appears to be a more manageable entry into the world of a DBA (complexity wise) as opposed to Oracle... however from talking to some tech's I get the impression that SQL Server DBA's are regarded more as VB developers who are quasi-administrators. Personally I have little interest in coding (beyond SQL syntax) and therefore I'm concerned that a MCDBA is one part administrator 2 parts developer??
With Oracle, does programming generally revolve around PL/SQL or as future versions are released, is it expected that administrators can code in other languages such as Java? I'd like to confirm the value of being good at PL/SQL (qualified) in the job market, not necessarily administrator qualified.
Any constructive insight would be appreciated.