I was testing my Oracle-Express, and think it is a really cool piece of software. The installation process was easy and simple, like an simple program. Everything was working fine, the right services were started. After installing you have some icons in the Start-Menu with which you can start and stop your database. There are also some links to Help-Forums and Documentation, and the most important the link to the Database-Homepage.
The Database-Homepage allows you to maintain the complete database with an simple HTML-Layout. But it is not just important for DBAs, there is also the possibility to develop new applications with HTML/DB, an genious Oracle-Product with which you can develop working database-applications within minutes!
- administrate users
- create/browse Databse-Objects like Tables, Views, Stored Procedures....
- import/export data
- monitor and administrate the database
- build applications
I think this is a very good and simple to use and FREE possibility for small and medium applications. You also have the possibility to upgrade to every "bigger" Oracle-Version if necessary, for example the Standard-Edition One etc.
The name is Express, but has nothing to do with the old desupported OLAP-Tool from Oracle. This database is for free up to 4G of Userdata and one processor. I think less than 10% of the databases will need more than this. The installation was fine and worked without any troubles. The installation-file has just 150MB. And there are all features for what i like Oracle so much like PL/SQL, possibility to integrate Java in the database, WebSupport etc. . I will test it and post my results here.
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