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Comparing Oracle and MS SQL - Interviewing for a job

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My background is MS SQL which i am familiar and had never work with Oracle and I am applying for a position with Oracle backend. Let me know what important things to know for the interview.
I would like to know where are the salient differences between MS SQL 2000 and Oracle as far as:

1. DB Structure

2. Calling Stored procedures

3. Administration -Managing tables, permissions

4. Where the advantages of each?

i'd like to expalin this within the light of application development being VB as the front end and Oracle as backend.

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1. There is really only one database.  Pieces are allocated for various grouping of tables.

2. Very different.  Procedures do not return Select statements.  There are syntax difference between T-SQL and PL-SQL.

3. Generally the same, but sytax differences

4. There are many article on this.  Generally Oracle is considered more rubust and faster (all of these are debatable).  SQL Server is cheaper (not debatable)

From the application development point there is not much of a difference.  The major isssue is will be the creation of store procedures, but it is not a problem as long as you are aware of it.
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