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Oracle8i
Getting to Know Oracle8i
Release 2 (8.1.6)
December 1999
Part No. A76962-01
Getting to Know Oracle8i , Release 2 (8.1.6)
Part N o. A76962-01
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Send Us Your Comments.................................................................................................................xiii Preface...........................................................................................................................................................xv 1 Overview

Introducing Oracle8i..........................................................................................................................1-2
A Family of Database Products........................................................................................................1-4
2 Oracle 8i Release 2 (8.1.6) New Features
Oracle8i Improvements.....................................................................................................................2-2

Performance Improvements........................................................................................................2-2 Improved Installation and Management..................................................................................2-3 Improved Quality and Support..................................................................................................2-4

Enhanced Support of Internet Computing....................................................................................2-5

Enhanced Java Support................................................................................................................2-5 XML Support.................................................................................................................................2-5 PL/ SQL Pages...............................................................................................................................2-6

interMedia, Spatial, Time Series, and Visual Image Retrieval...............................................2-6
interMedia...............................................................................................................................2-6
Oracle Spatial.........................................................................................................................2-7
Oracle Advanced Security Improvements.....................................................................................2-8
Network Security Enhancements...............................................................................................2-8
Single Sign-On...............................................................................................................................2-8
PKI Credential Management...............................................................................................2-8

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