|Oracle Call Interface Getting Started
Release 9.2 for Windows
Part Number A95497-01
No new features have been added to this product for Oracle9i release 2 (9.2). Many new features were added for Oracle9i release 1 (9.0.1). If you are upgrading from a pre-9.0.1 release, read about the new features in Oracle9i release 1 (9.0.1) New Features in Oracle Call Interface release 9.0.1.
The following sections describe the new features in Oracle Call Interface:
This section contains these topics:
Oracle Corporation only ships an import library,
oci.lib, for use with the Microsoft Compiler. Other compilers, for example, Borland, though likely compatible with the Oracle DLLs, are not tested and supported by Oracle for use with Oracle Call Interface.
There are some differences between using Oracle9i on Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0.
OCI includes many new functions and performance enhancements that extend the capabilities of the OCI to handle objects in an Oracle8i database. To use object functionality, you must have installed Oracle8i Enterprise Edition.
For Windows platforms, OCI includes support for applications written with earlier releases (7.x/8.x) of OCI. Oracle has now removed any version number from the library name
OCI functions available in release 7.x are still available, but they are not able to take full advantage of new Oracle8i features. Oracle recommends applications start using the new calls to improve performance and provide increased functionality.
For Win32 applications running on Windows NT or Windows 95 or Windows 98, this means that these applications will need to migrate to the new release 8.x OCI calls in order to continue to be supported. In release 8.x, the library and DLL containing the OCI calls is named
oci.dll. In release 7.x, they were named
ociw32.dll. At some point in the future,
ociw32.dll will no longer be supported or released, making migration to the new calls mandatory.
The Intype File Assistant (IFA) is deprecated in this release and it will not be supported in future releases.