|Oracle9i Application Developer's Guide - Large Objects (LOBs)
Release 1 (9.0.1)
Part Number A88879-01
Introduction to LOBs, 4 of 12
Oracle9i supports LONG as well as LOB datatypes. When possible, change your existing applications to use LOBs instead of LONGs because of the added benefits that LOBs provide. See Chapter 7, "Modeling and Design", "LOBs Compared to LONG and LONG RAW Types".
LONG-to-LOB migration allows you to easily migrate your existing applications that access LONG columns, to use LOB columns. The migration has two parts: