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Overview - Oracle

Oracle Database (commonly referred to as Oracle RDBMS or simply as Oracle) is an object-relational database management system (ORDBMS)[2] produced and marketed by Oracle Corporation.

Larry Ellison and his friends, former co-workers Bob Miner and Ed Oates, started the consultancy Software Development Laboratories (SDL) in 1977. SDL developed the original version of the Oracle software. The name Oracle comes from the code-name of a CIA-funded project Ellison had worked on while previously employed by Ampex.

Oracle introduced the first commercial Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) almost 30 years ago

Oracle Database is Oracle’s revolutionary new grid offering for database administrators, which include breakthrough self-management, storage management, and clustering features. It is designed to relieve system administrators from repetitive, low-value administrative work and provide them with an opportunity to increase their value and expand their technical skills. The new Oracle University curriculum tracks for Oracle Database 10g are tailored to the scale and needs of customers’ data centers.

Oracle D2K, aka Oracle Developer/2000, is a developer tool for Oracle version 5 to 7.2. It allows you to design reports and data input forms for Oracle databases. It is a client/server application development system for Windows, Macintosh and Motif from Oracle.

It is an earlier client/server application development system for Windows, Macintosh and Motif from Oracle. Formerly the Cooperative Development Environment, the core programs were Oracle Forms, Oracle Reports and Oracle Graphics. Oracle Procedure Builder provided drag and drop application partitioning. It also included Discoverer/2000 for queries and reports.

In the early 1990s, Oracle had two complementary, but quite different tools - SQL*Forms and SQL*ReportWriter. Both were character-based and there was some integration between the two although they were sold as separate products. The developer interface became more similar over time and they were eventually grouped together as Oracle IDE (Integrated Development Environment).

The suite was renamed to Oracle Developer and then to Oracle Developer/2000.

As with most products that had 2000 in their name, this was dropped after 1999 and the suite was renamed Oracle Developer Suite. Tools such as JDeveloper and Oracle Designer were added over subsequent years.

Most of the component parts of Oracle Developer Suite are now part of what Oracle calls Oracle Fusion Middleware.

The latest release, Oracle Developer Suite 10g consists of the following components:

Oracle JDeveloper Oracle Forms
Oracle Reports Oracle Designer
Oracle Discoverer Oracle Software Configuration Manager
Oracle Business Intelligence Beans