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Oracle Database 10g PL/SQL Programming by Michael McLaughlin, Ron Hardman, Scott Urman

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Appendix BGuide to Supplied Packages

Oracle-supplied packages, or built-in packages, give programmers access to functionality that greatly improves our ability to perform complex issues. Some of the packages are written in C, providing fast execution and direct access to the kernel (now also available to user-defined packages with Native Compilation). Others are extremely complex, with cross-package dependencies, and would take the best PL/SQL programmers many weeks if they had to write it from scratch.

The first section describes the supplied packages owned by the SYS schema and provides the package descriptions, the scripts used to create them, and the release at which they first became available.

The second section provides information about ...

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