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Oracle Web Applications: PL/SQL Developer's Intro by Andrew Odewahn

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Chapter 3. WebDB

WebDB is a user-friendly tool for developing database-driven web applications and sites. You perform every WebDB task, from database administration to application development, using just a browser; everything in a WebDB site, from applications to content, can be stored inside a backend database.[6]

Every WebDB component, from development tools to the database administrator toolkit, has an HTML user interface, eliminating the need for complex tools like Oracle Forms or Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM). Because browsers are equipped with standard Internet protocols, WebDB client machines do not need SQL*Net or Net8; this allows WebDB sites to be run or administered from “thin-client” machines. WebDB can also take advantage of JavaScript-enabled browsers.

Everything in a WebDB site can be stored directly inside an Oracle database. This allows the site to be professionally administered and maintained using the same tools and techniques as for any other production Oracle database. As an added benefit, the site’s performance can be monitored and improved through well-understood database tuning techniques. WebDB’s “database-centric” approach helps application developers and DBAs leverage their current skills, rather than acquiring an entirely new and unfamiliar skill set.

How you use WebDB depends on your job. Database administrators can use WebDB to manage database objects, check database logs, and perform other DBA tasks. Application developers can use WebDB to create ...

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