This book is for professional Oracle database programmers who need a comprehensive roadmap of the new programming possibilities with Oracle 8i. On the other hand, if you are already developing with Java and XML this book will show you how to exploit PL/SQL and the enterprise features of Oracle 8i in optimally distributing your n-tier applications. Knowledge of the essentials of PL/SQL programming is required, and familiarity with Java would be useful. What does this book cover? The Oracle 8i platform and architecture, covering Net8 and the Oracle JVM; PL/SQL development using the Web Toolkit, PSP and Designer 6i; Java application development, including a Java primer; Oracle 8i and Java Stored Procedures, EJB, BC4J, JDBC, SQLJ; XML development with an XML primer; Oracle XDK, XSQL, XSLT, Transviewer JavaBeans; Case studies using Designer 6i, interMedia, Portal-to-Go, ASP and SOAP.