In 1996, upon completion of his two year network engineering degree at Computer Learning Center, JD Sebastian studied for and passed a total of 11 certification exams to achieve both of Novell’s titles, CNA (Certified Novell Administrator) and CNE (Certified Novell Engineer).
This was an exciting time in the networking world because database applications were beginning to focus on connecting over the Internet. Novell had rolled out NetWare 4.11 with its Web server, TCP/IP support and the Netscape browser into a bundle dubbed IntranetWare.
To this very day the world wide web is based on the TCP/IP protocol and so even though Novell is no longer alive as a company, the skills learned and developed in the course material and work as a CNE continue to be a helpful foundation for work on the Internet in year 2017.
Today’s Database World has a friendly approach for the inspired individual who has laptop or a PC with the two main choices of Microsoft Access and Apple’s FileMaker Pro. FileMaker Pro is especially adept, then, at serving as a user-friendly interface for the monster databases of our world, IBM Db2, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, Ingres, Teradata… and (drum roll, please!) the most popular database of the world wide web, the free and open source, MySQL.
Speaking of MySQL, WordPress–which powers 76 million websites across the world in every language and has 60% market share of all of the content management system (CMS)-based websites in the world.
What does this all have to do with CNE? It’s all related. It’s a journey. It’s brain-wracking but fun.