May 19, 2012

Meet The Experts: Matthew Morris

OCP Advisor interviewed Matthew Morris, one of the earliest Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) and now a popular author of OCP study guides. Matthew was among the first hundred to be OCP DBA certified on Oracle 7.3 and has since upgraded his certification to releases 8i, 9i, 10g and 11g. 

OCP Advisor: Hello Matt, on behalf of OCP blog readers we are delighted to have you as our featured Oracle Expert. Please tell us something about your professional experience.

Matthew Morris: In early 1996, I started working for Oracle Support as part of the RDBMS Server Technologies team.  Over the first few months, I read every Oracle Press book I could get my hands on from cover-to-cover! I was the top rated support analyst and was asked to develop and deliver courses for team members.  After four years of DBA support, I changed my focus to PL/SQL and Web development.  I developed database tools and applications to assist managers and analysts in the Oracle Support team.  Currently I work at Computer Sciences Corporation and is responsible for developing custom database applications using PL/SQL and Oracle APEX. 

OCP Advisor: Please tell us about your Oracle Certification path and what motivated you on this path.

Matthew Morris: Two years after I started working for Oracle, Oracle Certified Professional program was launched.  Sylvan created at testing center in our office building. I was interested in demonstrating my knowledge, so I took and passed all four of the OCP DBA tests. I learned that this made me one of the first hundred people to become an Oracle Certified Professional (OCP)! Later that year, Oracle introduced the Oracle Developer Certification and I took the four developer tests in a single day and became one of the first hundred Oracle Certified Developers.  Since then, I have tried to keep my certifications current. 

OCP Advisor: You are a popular author of several Oracle Certification guides. Please let us know how you started writing them.

Matthew Morris: In May 2011, I developed a study guide for 1Z0-050: New Features for Administrators.  Then in late 2011, I began studying for 1Z0-450: Oracle Application Express 4: Developing Web Applications.  For almost every exam, my preparation includes creating a study sheet with key testing points.  For 1Z0-450, this sheet rapidly became much larger and more elaborate than usual.  It seemed reasonable at the time to go the extra mile and make it into a publishable study guide.  Ultimately, I found that doing this did not add an extra mile but rather an extra ten to fifteen miles!  However, once it was published, the result was heartening.  I modified the 1Z0-050 course material I had developed earlier into a second study guide and published it as well.  Since those first two, I have published study guides for the SQL Expert and SQL Fundamentals exams. Currently, I am developing exam guides for the OCP DBA I and DBA II exams.

OCP Advisor: Please share with our blog readers about the content of the Oracle Certification Guides you have published?

Matthew Morris: The Oracle Certification Prep series targets two groups of candidates.  The first group consists of Oracle professionals who want to get certified in a subject they are experienced in and would like a reference guide to help them ‘bridge the gaps’.  The second group are those who are already using another source of information in their study plan but would like to have a second reference.  It is especially valuable for candidates using only Oracle documentation but would like to have an inexpensive reference against which to determine how well they did.  To help both these audiences, the study guides present information about the test topics in a very condensed format.  The intent is to deliver facts that candidates need to know, functions and features they need to recognize, in a compact format enough to revise several times.  

OCP Advisor: What advice do you have for candidates preparing for an Oracle Certification exams?

Matthew Morris: From the posts on the various certification forums I frequent, there are many candidates who are studying just to pass the exams rather than to gain knowledge.  Learning how to pass a test does not prepare someone to perform well at professional level.  Use the opportunity when studying for Oracle certification to make a concerted effort to learn the concepts first.

OCP Advisor: Please share with our blog readers one habit that has contributed most to your professional success?

Matthew Morris: Setting a realistic expectation determines whether you succeed or fail.  I try to set a reasonable time frame and give my very best to deliver ahead of every deadline. 


  1. I want to do OCP certification. Can you please list out the oracle topics i have to be prepared.

    Technology Forum

    1. OCP Preparation covers a *huge* range of possibilities. You have to at least specify which certification before any response can be made. That said, the main entry point for learning about Oracle certifications is

      Once you decide on a certification, you can drill down from that page to it, and the entire set of objectives for the exam will be listed.

  2. I had completed oracle sql expert (OCE) (1z0-047) Exam.And want to start the preparation of 1z0-144 Program with PL/SQL (OCA).

    Can any one please suggest the study guide or study material to be referred.
    I can't see any book in the market for this exam.

    1. Lakshya:

      The only material specific to the 1Z0-144 test that I am aware of is the study guide that I wrote. It is available from ( The guide can help, but it *should not* be your only source for preparation material. The Oracle documentation, specifically the PL/SQL Language Reference ( is an excellent primary source for study. I have also heard people recommend Oracle PL/SQL Programming by Steven Feuerstein ( for this exam.

  3. Really nice post with lot of useful information .i like it thx

  4. Matthew Morris:

    I used your book on 1Z0-051 and 1Z0-052 for the two exams and I passed

    Now I am preparing for 1Z0-53 exam and I do not see this book in Amazon.

    If you published how can I get?

    If you do not publish the book do you have a plan?

    Please let me know

    Your fan!!


    1. Ali:

      I'm happy that you enjoyed the study guides. I published my guide for 1Z0-053 on January 26th. It is now available on Amazon. Be sure to check out the study materials available at the companion website as well. There are a number of links to articles on Oracle Learning Library and other websits to help you become better prepared (and a better DBA):

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