I recently started working at a company (Junior Web Developer) and so far loving it. The company's all and only database is one giant Oracle database that takes care of all their data persistence requirements.
The company develops in the .NET framework (Classic ASP, VB.NET WebForms and now C# ASP.NET MVC) which I have an OK understanding of and good exposure too, but I have only ever used .NET with MS SQL Server.
Due to money and licencing the developers at the company do not each have their own local database.
The other day I noticed the Oracle does a Free Express version.
IF I install that on my local work machine, can I use it for all my .NET application needs? E.g. an ASP.NET MVC4 app with Entity Framework? WITHOUT at all affecting the main live database of the company so that I don't mess anything up whilst learning EF with Oracle.
PS. I know the current setup sucks, and they're working to get all developers their own local db.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.