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I have some vague memory that there was a limited use license of a version of oracle so you could try it out on a small installation to try it out. Does such a beast still exist?

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I believe what you're referring to is called Oracle Express Edition, which can be found here:

Basically, there are some limitations which I don't quite remember the details of, but I think you're limited to 4 GB database.

This link contains good info on the differences from standard Oracle DB:

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I've used this before. It is not a trial, but does have some limitations. Which are unlikely to be a problem if using for development purposes. Anything you get working with this, should be able to work with the real deal. – Grant Palin Feb 23 '10 at 5:55

Yes, get the developer license

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