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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.
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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.
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