I would like to reference some material from the official Oracle documentation for my bachelor thesis. The piece of documentation I want to include is giving information about data types. The problem I have is that I didn't find any information about the author, address, year, etc.

How do I reference that then? Or does anybody of you found some information about a specific author, year, etc. ?


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Abstract concepts such as datetime or longs are generally not attributed to Oracle or similar companies, if anything you should cite an earlier work that discusses and introduces the concepts. The earliest mention that I know that introduces most of these concepts that are used in many (if not all) modern databases and programming languages derive from C, it even introduced us to the Hello World concept. Therefore a good reference would be:

Kernighan, B. W., & Ritchie, D. M. (1978). The C programming language. Prentice-Hall, Inc. Upper Saddle River, NJ, USA (ISBN: 0-13-110163-3).

Co-incidentally, according to Google Scholar this work has been referenced 8000+ times as of the 4th of December, 2018.

PS: There may be earlier references of specific datatypes, but I argue that no other work has brought them all together in one place before the work of Kernighan and Ritchie.

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