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OCA Oracle Database 11g: Database Administration I: A Real-World Certification Guide by Steve Ries

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Introducing the Oracle product family

When someone says, "I work with Oracle" what does he or she mean? The name Oracle (not to be confused with ORACLE, an early computer built by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory) can be used to refer to several different aspects of Oracle Corporation and its products. Oracle is a company, a database, and a family of products.

Exploring the history of Oracle

Oracle Corporation as we know it, began in 1977 as a company called Software Development Laboratories (SDL), founded by Larry Ellison, Bob Miner, and Ed Oates. These men, inspired by the relational theory set forth by Dr. Ted Codd and the work done on an IBM project known as System R, set out to develop the relational idea into a commercial product. In 1979, ...

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