This manual describes all features of the Oracle database server, an object-relational database management system. It describes how the Oracle database server functions, and it lays a conceptual foundation for much of the practical information contained in other manuals. Information in this manual applies to the Oracle database server running on all operating systems.
This preface contains these topics:
Oracle Database Concepts is intended for database administrators, system administrators, and database application developers.
To use this document, you need to know the following:
Relational database concepts in general
Concepts and terminology in Chapter 1, "Introduction to the Oracle Database"
The operating system environment under which you are running Oracle
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Oracle Database Upgrade Guide for information about upgrading a previous release of Oracle
Oracle Database Administrator's Guide for information about how to administer the Oracle database server
Oracle Database Application Developer's Guide - Fundamentals for information about developing Oracle database applications
Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for information about optimizing performance of an Oracle database
Oracle Database Data Warehousing Guide for information about data warehousing and business intelligence
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