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.
Support is provided through the Free OTN discussion forum monitored by Oracle employees and community experts.
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:
So, go get it. And tell all your friends.