Introduction

Ever since I have started looking at the Oracle database engine a little more than a decade ago, I have been fascinated by its features and the way it integrates with the underlying platforms it runs on. Before studying Oracle at the university as part of my degree I was exposed to MySQL (still independent then, and version 3.23) and thought that Oracle couldn’t be so different. After all, it’s about insert, delete, update, and commit, right? It is almost ironic how wrong I was! Over the years there was only one thing that became clearer and clearer: the more I learned about the product, the less I thought I understood. Although that isn’t really the case, one can’t help escaping that feeling sometimes. Add in the constant change ...

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