External routines are delivered in Oracle 10g through external procedures. They enable the database to communicate with external applications through PL/SQL. While it is nontrivial to configure the database to support them, external procedures provide a critical feature.
You will cover topics as follows. The chapter assumes you read it sequentially. It also assumes you have read the preceding eleven chapters. If you feel comfortable with an area, please feel free to move to the section of interest. However, the chapter assumes you have mastery of earlier sections.
Introducing external procedures
Working with external ...