Getting to Know Oracle8i
Release 2 (8.1.6)

Part Number A76962-01





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This book introduces the features and functionality of Oracle8i. It describes new features, options, and enhancements; and it includes feature and option matrixes to identify what is available with each specific product configuration (Oracle8i, Oracle8i Enterprise Edition, or Oracle8i Personal Edition). It references the documentation that is available for Oracle8i and identifies deprecated or desupported features.

This preface contains the following sections:

Intended Audience

This book is addressed to anyone who would like to become familiar with Oracle8i. While it provides an overview of Oracle8i, it is intended for those who want to identify and develop an understanding of its enhancements, new features, and options.

How this Book is Organized

This book is organized as follows:

Chapter 1, "Overview" 

This chapter contains an introduction to Oracle8i

Chapter 2, "Oracle 8i Release 2 (8.1.6) New Features" 

This chapter contains summaries of the new features provided in Oracle8i, release 2 (8.1.6). Some additional products that complement or enhance the functionality of Oracle8i are also discussed. 

Chapter 3, "Oracle 8i (8.1.5) New Features" 

This chapter contains summaries of the new features provided in Oracle8i, release 8.1.5. Some additional products that complement or enhance the functionality of Oracle8i are also discussed. 

Chapter 4, "Release 8.0 New Features and Options" 

This chapter summarizes Oracle8 features. This summary is important because many of the Oracle8i features enhance or extend functionality introduced in Oracle8.  

Chapter 5, "Oracle8i Feature and Option Availability" 

This chapter contains feature matrixes that present the availability and packaging of features and options contained in Oracle8i

Chapter 6, "Oracle8i Documentation" 

This chapter describes the contents of the Oracle8i documentation set. 

Chapter 7, "Deprecated and Desupported Features" 

This chapter lists the deprecated and desupported features that a user should be aware of when migrating to Oracle8i


This chapter contains definitions of terms, most of which are new to Oracle8i

How to Use This Book

Chapter 2, "Oracle 8i Release 2 (8.1.6) New Features" describes new features and enhancements. For more information, see the documentation that is cross-referenced in the description.

Oracle8i contains a subset of the features and options that are available in Oracle8i Enterprise Edition and Oracle8i Personal Edition. You can refer to the matrixes in Chapter 5, "Oracle8i Feature and Option Availability" to determine whether a particular option or feature is available for your product configuration.

What's New

The following books are new to the release 2 (8.1.6) generic documentation set:

The 8.1.5 Oracle8i Backup and Recovery Guide has been divided into three books for release 8.1.6:

The 8.1.5 Oracle8i Parallel Server Concepts and Administration has been divided into two books for release 8.1.6:

The 8.1.5 Oracle8i Tuning book has been renamed in 8.1.6 to Oracle8i Designing and Tuning for Performance.

Documentation for Oracle Enterprise Manager is now included as part of the generic documentation set. For book titles in this documentation set, see Chapter 6, "Oracle8i Documentation".

In release 2 (8.1.6), the interMedia, Spatial, Time Series, and Visual Image Retrieval product names start with Oracle, not Oracle8i. For example, in release 8.1.5, the spatial product was called Oracle8i Spatial; however, in release 8.1.6, it is called Oracle Spatial.

Related Documents

While this book identifies enhancements, new features, and options for Oracle8i, release 2 (8.1.6), it does not attempt to identify every new or changed initialization parameter, data dictionary table, view, command, package, etc. Such information should be available from the cross-referenced documentation.

Some general references for finding such information include:

Oracle8i Migration  

For a complete list of all new Oracle8i initialization parameters, static data dictionary tables, and dynamic performance views (V$ views). Many initialization parameters have been added, changed, or dropped in this release. 

Oracle8i Supplied PL/SQL Packages Reference and Oracle8i Supplied Java Packages Reference 

New packages are included, or cross-referenced, in these books.  

Oracle8i Reference 

This is the complete Oracle8i reference for the following:

  • Initialization Parameters

  • Static Data Dictionary Views

  • Dynamic Performance (V$) Views

  • Database Limits

  • SQL Scripts

  • Oracle Wait Events

  • Enqueue and Lock Names

  • Statistics Descriptions


Oracle8i SQL Reference 

This is the complete reference of SQL statements. It identifies all new Oracle8i statements. 

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