This preface includes the following topics:


This guide is written for Oracle Database administrators and others who create warehouses using Oracle Warehouse Builder.

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In this guide, Windows refers to the Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP operating systems. The SQL*Plus interface to Oracle Database may be referred to as SQL.

In the examples, an implied carriage return occurs after each line, unless otherwise noted. You must press the Return key after a line of input.

The following table lists the conventions used in this guide:

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 refers to interface buttons and links. Boldface type also serves as emphasis to set apart main ideas.
italicized text Italicized text applies to new terms introduced for the first time. Italicized text also serves as an emphasis on key concepts.
unicode text Unicode text denotes exact code, file directories and names, and literal commands.
italicized unicode text Italicized unicode text refers to parameters whose value is specified by the user.
[] Brackets enclose optional clauses from which you can choose one or none.

Getting Help

Help is readily available throughout Oracle Warehouse Builder:

  • Menus: Menu bars throughout Oracle Warehouse Builder contain a Help menu. For context-sensitive information, choose Topic from the Help menu.

  • Wizards and dialog boxes: Detailed instructions are provided on the pages of the wizards, which take you step-by-step through the process of creating an object. Click the Help button for additional information about completing a specific dialog box or a page of a wizard.

  • Tools: You can identify the tools on a toolbar by the tooltips that appear when you rest the mouse over the icon.

    Some toolbars include a Help icon, which displays the Contents page of the Help system.

  • Lists: For items presented in lists, a description of the selected item displays beneath the list.

  • Shortcut menus: Click the arrow icon on the right side of the title bar for a window. Then, choose Help from the shortcut menu for context-sensitive information.

Related Publications

In addition to the Sources and Targets Guide, the Oracle Warehouse Builder documentation set includes the following:

In addition to the Oracle Warehouse Builder documentation set, you can also reference Oracle Database Data Warehousing Guide.