Oracle8i JDBC Developer's Guide and Reference
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This preface contains these sections:

Intended Audience

This manual assumes that you are an experienced programmer and that you understand Oracle databases, the SQL and Java programming languages, and the principles of JDBC.

Manual Structure

The JDBC Developers Guide and Reference contains eight chapters and one appendix:

Chapter 1, "Overview"  

This chapter provides an overview of the Oracle implementation of JDBC and the Oracle JDBC driver architecture.  

Chapter 2, "Getting Started"  

This chapter introduces the Oracle JDBC drivers and some scenarios of how you can use them. This chapter also guides you through the basics of testing your installation and configuration.  

Chapter 3, "Basic Features"  

This chapter covers the basic steps in creating any JDBC application. It also discusses additional basic features of Java and JDBC supported by the Oracle JDBC drivers.  

Chapter 4, "Oracle Extensions"  

This chapter describes JDBC extensions provided by Oracle: packages, classes, and datatypes. It also describes the support for LOBs, objects, and collections provided by the extensions.  

Chapter 5, "Advanced Topics"  

This chapter describes advanced JDBC topics such as using NLS, working with applets, the server-side driver, and embedded SQL92 syntax.  

Chapter 6, "Coding Tips and Troubleshooting"  

This chapter includes coding tips and general guidelines for troubleshooting your JDBC applications.  

Chapter 7, "Sample Applications"  

This chapter presents sample applications that highlight advanced JDBC features and Oracle extensions.  

Chapter 8, "Reference Information"  

This chapter contains detailed JDBC reference information.  

Appendix A, "JDBC Error Messages"  

This appendix lists errors that can be thrown by the JDBC drivers.  

Related Documentation

This manual contains references to the following Oracle publications:

Conventions Used in this Manual

Solaris syntax is used in this book, but file names and directory names for Windows NT are the same unless otherwise noted.

The term [ORACLE_HOME] is used to indicate the full path of the Oracle home directory.

In examples, an implied carriage return occurs at the end of each line, unless otherwise noted. You must press the Return key at the end of a line of input.

The following conventions are also used in this manual:

Convention   Meaning  


Vertical ellipsis points in an example mean that information not directly related to the example has been omitted.  

. . .  

Horizontal ellipsis points in statements or commands mean that parts of the statement or command not directly related to the example have been omitted  

< >  

Angle brackets enclose user-supplied names.  

[ ]  

Brackets enclose optional clauses from which you can choose one or none.  


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