Oracle Database 10g marks the latest release by a company that has experienced a meteoric rise to success over the past 25-plus years. They have been grossing many billions of dollars annually for many years, vending a suite of solutions powered by their flagship product—the Oracle database. It has gone through many changes in names—v6, Oracle7, Oracle8i, Oracle9i, and now Oracle 10g. Regardless of what it is called, the Oracle server has been catapulted to the forefront of our Internet-savvy society, playing a role as the primary data server on a web site in your neighborhood. This book is your introduction to the Oracle Database 10g technology. It is the start of your journey—a quick start to a complex and popular technology.