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DataLoad Classic is the free version of DataLoad while Professional is a commercial product. If DataLoad Classic provides all the functionality you require then you can freely use it for as long as you want without any restrictions. However, if you want faster, more reliable loads, advanced data processing or product support then you should buy DataLoad Professional.
First are two features for extending forms loading beyond what is possible with Macro loads. Browser Control makes Macro loads fast and reliable in Self Service browser based forms while Forms Playback delivers very fast and reliable loads in the core Oracle E-Business Suite forms. This functionality is designed to enable you to build loads that run much faster and stop in the event of an error occurring. Thus, loads can be run unattended and you can be sure the load will stop if an error occurs. Forms Playback loads are also much faster to build than Macro loads, so using this technology enables a load comparable with a conventional database interface to be built and tested in less than a day.
Sometimes data must be loaded directly in to a database and this can be done using DataLoad Professional's Scripting functionality. A complete solution is provided for connecting to Oracle databases and exchanging data between the DataLoad spreadsheets and the Oracle database. However, DataLoad Scripting can do far more than loading data into Oracle databases. All popular databases are supported and the scripts also enable custom functionality to be added to your loads, for example data may be retrieved from external sources and inserted in to the DataLoad spreadsheets or advanced data validation can be developed.
While Scripting can be used for data validation, DataLoad Professional also includes powerful built-in data validation capabilities. These enable the user to specify validation rules for DataLoad's columns and DataLoad will validate data against these rules as it is entered. This enables users to clearly see where data issues exist before attempting to load the data.
Unlimited product support is included with DataLoad Professional. All aspects of using DataLoad are supported and since our support team also develop DataLoad we can usually quickly help you to make your loads work as you want. If you require product support then you should buy DataLoad Professional and our unlimited support service can be used.