Oracle8—The Client and Server Relationship
Oracle8 Table. Set up a parameter file for Loader, telling it all the details ofwhat you want it to do.Today, other alternatives take advantage of the modern trend toward commoncommunications. Loader is still an option, but more up-to-date methods suchas ODBC and Oracle8 assistants are good alternatives. You can get a freeconnection between Microsoft’s SQL Server and Oracle8 from the Oracle Website, for example.
A number of these tools are available. Oracle8 contains oneprecompiler for each supported programming language, including COBOL,Ada, C, C++, Pascal, and FORTRAN. The mix varies on different platforms.This book covers a portion of the precompiler functions by illustrating howto use a C++ program with Oracle8 Objects.The previous list only contains the primary tools that come with Oracle8 serverPackage. A complete list of Oracle8 Server tools and utilities appears in Table 1-1of Chapter 1.
Oracle8’s client Package
The client Package has become a crucial part of the Oracle8 Package. The primarycomponent, Enterprise Manager, enables you to monitor and manipulate all areas ofthe database. If necessary, the Enterprise Manager can work with multipledatabases around the world. The client Package includes:
This communication tool is part of both client and server components.In most cases, you need a copy of Net8 on both ends of your communicationlines (one each on the client and server ends) to make a complete connectionbetween the Oracle8 database engine and any of the client utilities. Net8 alsoenables other client tools that are not part of the basic database—such asDesigner/2000—to reach the database engine across a network.
New in Oracle8, the assistants are wizards that guide you throughtasks like migrating from Oracle7 to Oracle8, moving an Access database intoOracle8, and translating relational database structures into Objects. Anassistant also helps you create Web pages.
Like Net8, this utility gets installed on both client and server sides.The client version, however, has a Windows-like interface that makes it moreconvenient to use.
Originally introduced as an add-on for Oracle7, Oracle8 just added this utility as a standard feature. This tool saves a large amount ofcode writing by using menus and windows to help you with many databaseadministration tasks, such as creating new Users and Tables. The utility’seasy-to-use tools can make anyone a savvy DBA in no time! The EnterpriseManager even troubleshoots performance problems. See the next sectionforacloser look.