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Oracle® TimesTen In-Memory Database PL/SQL Packages Reference
Release 11.2.1

Part Number E14000-04
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Preface

Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database is a memory-optimized relational database. Deployed in the application tier, TimesTen operates on databases that fit entirely in physical memory using standard SQL interfaces. High availability for the in-memory database is provided through real-time transactional replication.

TimesTen supports a variety of programming interfaces, including ODBC (Open Database Connectivity), OCI (Oracle Call Interface), Oracle Pro*C/C++ (precompiler for embedded SQL and PL/SQL instructions in C or C++ code), JDBC (Java Database Connectivity), and PL/SQL (Oracle procedural language extension for SQL).

This Preface contains these topics:

Audience

Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database PL/SQL Packages Reference is a reference for programmers, systems analysts, project managers, and others interested in developing database applications using PL/SQL. This manual assumes a working knowledge of application programming and familiarity with SQL and PL/SQL to access information in relational database systems.

Related Documents

TimesTen documentation is available on the product distribution media and on the Oracle Technology Network:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/timesten/documentation/

Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database PL/SQL Developer's Guide is especially relevant.

Oracle documentation is also available on the Oracle Technology network. This may be especially useful for Oracle features that TimesTen supports but does not attempt to fully document:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/enterprise-edition/documentation/

In particular, the following Oracle documents may be of interest.

In addition, numerous third-party documents are available that describe PL/SQL in detail.

Conventions

TimesTen supports multiple platforms. Unless otherwise indicated, the information in this guide applies to all supported platforms. The term Windows applies to all supported Windows platforms. The term UNIX applies to all supported UNIX and Linux platforms. Refer to the "Platforms" section in Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database Release Notes for specific platform versions supported by TimesTen.

Note:

In TimesTen documentation, the terms "data store" and "database" are equivalent. Both terms refer to the TimesTen database unless otherwise noted.

This document uses the following text conventions:

Convention Meaning
italic Italic type indicates terms defined in text, book titles, or emphasis.
monospace Monospace type indicates commands, URLs, procedure and function names, package names, attribute names, directory names, file names, text that appears on the screen, or text that you enter.
italic monospace Italic monospace type indicates a variable in a code example that you must replace, as in the following example.

Driver=install_dir/lib/libtten.sl

This means you should replace install_dir with the path of your TimesTen installation directory.

[ ] Square brackets indicate that an item in a command line is optional.
{ } Curly braces indicated that you must choose one of the items separated by a vertical bar ( | ) in a command line.
| A vertical bar (or pipe) separates alternative arguments.
. . . An ellipsis (. . .) after an argument indicates that you may use more than one argument on a single command line.
% The percent sign indicates the UNIX shell prompt.

TimesTen documentation uses these variables to identify path, file and user names:

Convention Meaning
install_dir The path that represents the directory where TimesTen is installed.
TTinstance The instance name for your specific installation of TimesTen. Each installation of TimesTen must be identified at install time with a unique instance name. This name appears in the install path.
bits or bb Two digits, either 32 or 64, that represent either the 32-bit or 64-bit operating system.
release or rr Numbers that represent a major TimesTen release, with or without dots. For example, 1121 or 11.2.1 represents TimesTen Release 11.2.1.
DSN The data source name (for the TimesTen database).

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Access to Oracle Support

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Technical support

For information about obtaining technical support for TimesTen products, go to the following Web address:

http://www.oracle.com/support/contact.html