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Managing Multimedia and Unstructured Data in the Oracle Database by Marcelle Kratochvil

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Why use Oracle multimedia and not a blob?

Oracle multimedia is tightly integrated into the database. Application development can be greatly simplified when the images and all associated metadata is stored together in the database. Oracle multimedia uses blobs within its type definition, which can be accessed and used as required. In addition, it supports a variety of methods that simplify the act of loading and manipulating digital images. This is covered in greater detail in Chapter 7, Techniques for Creating a Multimedia Database.

Addressing the concerns

Even though the focus should always be to store the images in the database first, this experience is still to be accepted in the marketplace. The attitude is still to store it in the filesystem. ...

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