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This document describes the features of Oracle Database for Windows software installed on Windows 2003, Windows 2000, and Windows XP Professional operating systems.
This guide describes Oracle Database Extensions for .NET, which provides a Common Language Runtime (CLR) host for Oracle Database and data access through Oracle Data Provider for .NET (ODP.NET) classes.
This preface contains these topics:
Oracle Database Extensions for .NET Developer's Guide is intended for programmers who are developing applications to access an Oracle Database using Oracle Database Extensions for .NET. This documentation is also valuable to systems analysts, project managers, and others interested in the development of database applications.
To use this document, you must be familiar with Microsoft .NET Framework classes and ADO.NET and have a working knowledge of application programming using Microsoft C#, Visual Basic, or another .NET language.
Users should also be familiar with the use of Structured Query Language (SQL) to access information in relational database systems.
For information about Oracle's commitment to accessibility, visit the Oracle Accessibility Program website at
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=accid=info or visit
http://www.oracle.com/pls/topic/lookup?ctx=accid=trs if you are hearing impaired.
For more information, see these Oracle resources:
Oracle Developer Tools for Visual Studio Help
Oracle Data Provider for .NET Developer's Guide
Oracle Database PL/SQL Packages and Types Reference
Oracle Database SQL Reference
Oracle Database Installation Guide for Windows
Oracle Database Release Notes for Windows
Oracle Database Platform Guide for Windows
Oracle Database New Features
Oracle Net Services Reference Guide
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.
To download free release notes, installation documentation, white papers, or other collateral, please visit the Oracle Technology Network (OTN). You must register online before using OTN; registration is free and can be done at
If you already have a username and password for OTN, then you can go directly to the documentation section of the OTN Web site at
For simplicity in demonstrating this product, code examples do not perform the password management techniques that a deployed system normally uses. In a production environment, follow the Oracle Database password management guidelines, and disable any sample accounts. See Oracle Database Security Guide for password management guidelines and other security recommendations.
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