Why are we so excited about Oracle Database XE R2?
By Laura Ramsey-Oracle on Jun 19, 2014
On June 4th Oracle released an updated version of Oracle Database 11g Express Edition Release 2 (AKA: Oracle Database XE) and the crowd went wild. Seriously, this news is as important to the folks standing around the OTN DBA/DEV Watercooler as many major database upgrades and releases.
Because it's free to develop, deploy and distribute, Oracle Database XE is a great starter database for developers working on PHP, Java, .NET, XML and open source applications. It's also a great approach for DBAs who need a free, starter database for training and deployment. Many ISVs and hardware vendors who want a starter database to distribute free of charge look to Oracle Database XE.
Couple of guidelines to keep in mind:
Oracle Database XE can be installed on any size host machine with any number of CPUs. It will store up to 11GB of user data, use up to 1 GB of memory and use one CPU on the host machine.
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There's a cool Developer's Guide that delivers an excellent overview of the Oracle Database XE capabilities and serves as the entry point to the documentation set for application developers. Here are a few quick highlights:
- If you use SQL Developer, we recommend using version 4.0 or later. See the details in the Connecting to Oracle Database Express Edition fro SQL Developer section for everything you need to know.
- A new chapter in the developer guide covers Building Effective Applications with tips on building scalable applications, recommended programming practices and recommended security practices.
- More new chapters include Developing a Simple Oracle Database Express Edition Application and Deploying an Oracle Database Express Edition Application.
So, go get it. And tell all your friends.