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Preface

This preface introduces you to the Oracle Database Java Developer's Guide, discussing the intended audience, structure, and conventions of this document. A list of related Oracle documents is also provided.

Java has emerged as the object-oriented programming language of choice. It provides platform independence and automated storage management techniques. It enables you to create applications and applets. Oracle Database provides support for developing and deploying Java applications.

This preface contains the following topics:

Audience

The Oracle Database Java Developer's Guide is intended for both Java and non-Java developers. For PL/SQL developers who are not familiar with Java programming, this manual provides a brief overview of Java and object-oriented concepts. For both Java and PL/SQL developers, this manual discusses the following:

  • How Java and Database concepts merge

  • How to develop, load, and run Java stored procedures

  • Oracle JVM

  • Database concepts for managing Java objects in the database

  • Oracle Database and Java security policies

To use this document, you need knowledge of Oracle Database, SQL, and PL/SQL. Prior knowledge of Java and object-oriented programming can be helpful.

Documentation Accessibility

For information about Oracle's commitment to accessibility, visit the Oracle Accessibility Program website at http://www.oracle.com/pls/topic/lookup?ctx=acc&id=docacc.

Access to Oracle Support

Oracle customers have access to electronic support through My Oracle Support. For information, visit http://www.oracle.com/pls/topic/lookup?ctx=acc&id=info or visit http://www.oracle.com/pls/topic/lookup?ctx=acc&id=trs if you are hearing impaired.

Conventions

The following conventions are also used in this manual:

Convention Meaning
. . . Vertical ellipsis points in an example mean that information not directly related to the example has been omitted.
. . . Horizontal ellipsis points in statements or commands mean that parts of the statement or command not directly related to the example have been omitted
boldface text Boldface type in text indicates a term defined in the text, the glossary, or in both locations.
< > Angle brackets enclose user-supplied names.
[ ] Brackets enclose optional clauses from which you can choose one or none.