I've been assigned a new task, which is to automate the testing to validate data flow from data file to log file to another log file to Oracle database then to the front end using any UNIX scripting. It is a web application running in UNIX environment. I have no knowledge of UNIX scripting, but I'm a quick learner and I believe I can do it with some kind of training or self learned. Please advice what I need to do to get start on this task!
There really isn't such thing as "UNIX scripting". You can script in various shells and languages that come as part of your system. You can use Bash/Korn/Perl/Python/etc to do your scripting. They come installed on most Unix/Linux systems (not all though).
Have you used any of those languages or shells? Are you forced to use a specific one?