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Preface

Oracle Database Object-Relational Developer's Guide explains how to use the object-relational features of the Oracle Database, 11g release 1 (11.1). Information in this guide applies to versions of the Oracle Database that run on all platforms, and does not include system-specific information.

Audience

Oracle Database Object-Relational Developer's Guide is intended for programmers developing new applications or converting existing applications to run in the Oracle environment. The object-relational features are often used in content management, data warehousing, data/information integration, and similar applications that deal with complex structured data. The object views feature can be valuable when writing new C++, C#, Java, or XML applications on top of an existing relational schema.

This guide assumes that you have a working knowledge of application programming and that you are familiar with the use of Structured Query Language (SQL) to access information in relational databases. You should be familiar with the information in Oracle Database SQL Quick Reference, Oracle Database PL/SQL Language Reference, and Oracle Database 2 Day Developer's Guide, and with object-oriented programming techniques.

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Related Documents

For more information, see these Oracle resources:

Many of the examples in this book use the sample schemas, which are installed by default when you select the Basic Installation option with an Oracle Database installation. Refer to Oracle Database Sample Schemas for information on how these schemas were created and how you can use them yourself.

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