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Oracle® Call Interface Programmer's Guide
11g Release 2 (11.2)

Part Number E10646-06
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Preface

Oracle Call Interface (OCI) is an application programming interface (API) that lets applications written in C or C++ interact with one or more Oracle database servers. OCI gives your programs the capability to perform the full range of database operations that are possible with a Oracle Database, including SQL statement processing and object manipulation.

Audience

This guide is intended for programmers developing new applications or converting existing applications to run in the Oracle Database environment. This comprehensive treatment of OCI is also valuable to systems analysts, project managers, and others interested in the development of database applications.

This guide assumes that you have a working knowledge of application programming using C. Readers should also be familiar with the use of structured query language (SQL) to access information in relational database systems. In addition, some sections of this guide assume knowledge of the basic concepts of object-oriented programming.

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Related Documents

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. See Oracle Database Sample Schemas for information about how these schemas were created and how you can use them.

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The Oracle Call Interface Programmer's Guide does not contain all information that describes the features and functionality of OCI in the Oracle Database Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition products. Explore the following documents for additional information about OCI.

For additional information about Oracle Database, consult the following documents.

The Oracle C++ Call Interface provides OCI functionality for C++ programs and enables programmers to manipulate database objects of user-defined types as C++ objects. For more information about OCI functionality for C++, see the Oracle C++ Call Interface Programmer's Guide.

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