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Oracle Version tutorials

  • Oracle has a 3 decade history, outlasting many of its predecessors.  This brief summary traces the evolution of Oracle from its initial inception to its current status as the world moist flexible and robust database management system.

List of Oracle versions are:



Oracle Version 1 (Never Officially released)


Oracle Version 2 – first released version


Oracle Version 3 – written using C language


Oracle Version 4 – supported Read-Consistency


Oracle Version 5 – supported Client-Server Model


Oracle Version 6 - support PL/SQL


Oracle Version 7 – support for Store Procedure & Trigger


Oracle Version 8 – support Object Oriented Development


Oracle Version 8i – internet support and native JVM


Oracle Version 9i – Real Application Clusters


Oracle Version 10g – Grid Computing Ready


Oracle Version 11g – released for Windows and Linux



Oracle Version 1:

  • Larry Ellison Writes the first multi-platform rootkit, with integrated storage data language. Oracle Version 1 was written in Assembly Language.

  • It run on PDP-11 under RSX, and could use only 128 Kilobyte memory.

  • Oracle Version 1 was never officially released.


Oracle Version 2:

  • In 1979, SDL changed its company-name to Relational Software Inc.

  • Company launch Oracle version 2.

  • USA Air Force and CIA were the first customers to use Oracle 2.


Oracle Version 3:

  • The Oracle version 3 was developed in 1983.

  • This version was developed, using C programming language.

  • It could run on mainframes, minicomputers including support for Digital VAX system, and Unix environment.


Oracle Version 4:

  • Despite the advances introduced in version 3, demand was so great that Oracle, was compelled to improve the software, even further with the release of version 4 in 1984. 

  • Oracle version 4 included support for reading consistency, which made it much faster than any previous version.


Oracle Version 5

  • With the introduction of version 5 in 1985, Oracle addressed the Client-Server model in business computing. 

  • This version was equipped, with the capability to connect clients’ software, through a network to a database server.


Oracle Version 6

  • The PL/SQL language came with Oracle version 6 in 1988.

  • This version provided a host of new features including the support of PL/SQL embedded within Oracle Forms, OLTP high-speed systems, hot backup capability and row level locking.


Oracle Version 7

  • This version of Oracle provided a vast array of new features and capabilities in areas such as security, administration, development, and performance.

  • It supported feature for stored procedures and triggers.


Oracle Version 8:

  • The Oracle 8 Database was launched in 1997 and was designed to work with Oracle's Network Computer (NC).

  • This version supported Java, HTML and OLTP. 

  • This version supported object-oriented development and multimedia applications.


Oracle Version 8i:

  • Just one year later, Oracle released Oracle 8i which was the first database, to support Web technologies such as Java and HTTP. 

  • Oracle 8i was aimed to provide a database inter-operating with internet.

  • In 2000 Oracle 8i Parallel Server was working with Linux which eliminated costly downtime.

  • The letter I in Oracle 8i, stands for Internet ready.


Oracle Version 9i:

  • Oracle Real Application Cluster came, with Oracle 9i Database in 2001. 

  • This feature provides, software for clustering and high availability, in Oracle database environments.

  • Supporting native XML, was also a new feature of Oracle 9i, and this was the first relational database to have these characteristics. 


Oracle Version 10g

  • Oracle launched version 10g in 2003. The release of 10g, brought us the introduction to Grid Computing technology.  

  • 10g was also the first Oracle version to support 64-bit on Linux. 

  • The letter G in Oracle 10g, stands for Grid computing ready.


Oracle Version 11g

  • The latest version of Oracle Database, is 11g which was released on July 11th2007.

  • This version introduced more features, than any other in Oracle history.

  • Oracle Database Replay, a tool that captures SQL statements, and lets you replay them all in another database, to test the changes before you actually apply then, on a production database

  • Transaction Management, using Log Miner and Flashback Data Archive, to get DML statements from redo log files.

  • Virtual Column Partitioning.

  • Case sensitive passwords.

  • Online Patching.

  • Parallel Backups on same file, using RMAN and many others.

  • The letter G in Oracle 10g, stands for Grid computing ready.

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