Oracle Call Interface (OCI) is an application programming interface (API) that lets applications written in C or C++ interact with Oracle Database. OCI gives your programs the capability to perform the full range of database operations that are possible with Oracle Database, including SQL statement processing and object manipulation.
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.
Oracle Database New Features Guide for information about the differences between the Standard Edition and the Enterprise Edition and all the features and options that are available to you
Oracle C++ Call Interface Programmer's Guide for more information about OCI functionality for C++ that enables programmers to manipulate database objects of user-defined types as C++ objects
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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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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.
Oracle Database Data Cartridge Developer's Guide provides information about cartridge services and OCI calls pertaining to development of data cartridges.
Oracle Database Globalization Support Guide explains OCI calls pertaining to NLS settings and globalization support.
Oracle Database Advanced Queuing User's Guide supplies information about OCI calls pertaining to Advanced Queuing.
Oracle Database Development Guide explains how to use OCI with the XA library.
Oracle Database SecureFiles and Large Objects Developer's Guide provides information about using OCI calls to manipulate LOBs, including code examples.
Oracle Database Object-Relational Developer's Guide offers a detailed explanation of object types.
For additional information about Oracle Database, consult the following documents:
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