Hi all. I'm totally new here. I'm here becasue I need to "get my hands dirty" and learn something about Oracle database programmiing. I'm computer literate, I'm an "Applications Engineer" for a major OEM of PC-based industrial automation equipment (20+ years) but I know next to nothing about databases, Oracle or otherwise. I have an upcoming project where our machinery will have production data sent to it from an Oracle database at the start of a run and we'll upload data back to Oracle at the end of the run along with status information at various waypoints. I won't be doing the Oracle programming myself but I'll need to be able to speak intelligently with those who are. At the same time, but unrelated, I need to set up a VERY basic General Ledger and billing system for a small home-based business. I'm thinking I can kill two birds with one stone if I download the developer version of Oracle and learn how to use it by setting up a bookkeeping system on it. Yes, I know there are already any number of excellent bookkeping packages such as Quickbooks, but I specifically want the development experience. Any advice? Or am I a fool for even THINKING about doing this ?