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.
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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For more information, see these Oracle resources:
Oracle Database Concepts for information about basic Oracle concepts
Oracle Database PL/SQL Language Reference for information about PL/SQL, the procedural language extension to Oracle SQL
Oracle Database Advanced Application Developer's Guide for general information about developing applications
Oracle Database JDBC Developer's Guide and Reference and Oracle Database Java Developer's Guide for information about Oracle object-relational features through Java
Oracle Call Interface Programmer's Guide and Oracle C++ Call Interface Programmer's Guide for information about using the Oracle Call Interface (OCI) and Oracle C++ Call Interface (OCCI) to build third-generation language (3GL) applications that interact with one or more the Oracle databases
Pro*C/C++ Programmer's Guide for information about Oracle's Pro* series of precompilers, which allow you to embed SQL and PL/SQL in 3GL application programs written in Ada, C, C++, COBOL, or FORTRAN
Oracle Database SecureFiles and Large Objects Developer's Guide for information about Large Objects (LOBs)
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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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