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

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Chapter 10. Working with the Operating System

When working with unstructured data, there is a major requirement to work with the operating system. The Oracle Database cannot handle a variety of multimedia objects, and handling unstructured data will likely require external processing.

There are two key methods for achieving this. The first involves shelling out of the database and invoking an operating system executable. The second involves calling an Oracle cartridge, which is linked to an external program, which then does the processing.

The cartridge is more complicated to develop and is operating-system specific. It can be built in C or in Windows using the .Net Framework. The .Net Framework uses a special purpose cartridge supplied with the ...

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