Often, the biggest problem with regular expressions is that those who use them sometimes don’t use them correctly. A great example occurs in the Oracle Database with the REGEXP_LIKE function. For example, some developer use the following to validate whether a string is a number but it only validates whether the first character is a number.

  lv_input  VARCHAR2(100 (more...)

SQL*Plus Tricks

Have you ever wondered how to leverage substitution variables in anonymous block programs? There are several tricks that you can use beyond passing numeric and string values to local variable. The generic default appears to take a number unless you cast it as a string but that’s not really the whole story. The first two are standard examples of how to use numeric and string substitution values.

The following accept a numeric substitution value:


Using Oracle’s Resource Manager requires you to understand the IO dynamics. The first step requires you to run the CALIBRATE_IO procedure from the DBMS_RESOURCE_MANAGER package.

Oracle provides some great examples about how to use the CALIBRATE_IO procedure of the DBMS_RESOURCE_MANAGER package in the Oracle Database Database PL/SQL Packages and Types Reference. The CALIBRATE_IO procedure returns the best answer when you provide a valid number of files, which you can capture by querying the V$ASM_DISK view.


Free Oracle Tuning Book

Quick Start Guide to Oracle Query TuningWho can resist a free book Rich Nimeiec book on SQL Tuning? O.K., those who know everything can resist. If you’re like me, this is an opportunity to learn from Rich. Click on the book image or this link to get a free copy, or if you want to pay $10 for a copy click here to buy Quick Start Guide to Oracle Query Tuning: Tips for DBAs and Developers from Amazon. (more...)

Use an object in a query?

Using an Oracle object type’s instance in a query is a powerful capability. Unfortunately, Oracle’s SQL syntax doesn’t make it immediately obvious how to do it. Most get far enough to put it in a runtime view (a subquery in the from clause), but then they get errors like this:

SELECT	 instance.get_type()
ERROR AT line 4:
ORA-00904: "INSTANCE"."GET_TYPE": invalid identifier

The problem is how Oracle treats (more...)

Rounding Amounts, the missing cent: with the MODEL clause

Rounding amounts may lead to rounding-issues, I have written how this may be resolved in a previous blogpost using some analytic functions.
Playing around a little bit, I also came up with a method to resolve the rounding difference with the MODEL clause.

To create an example, first let's create a table with only three records in it.

SQL> create table t
2 as
3 select rownum + 42 id
4 from dual
5 connect (more...)

Virtual Columns

Oracle 11g allows you to create virtual columns in a table. Values are not stored for these columns, Oracle calculates them at runtime. You can see the expression used to generate the value in the DATA_DEFAULT column of the USER_TAB_COLUMNS view.

As you might expect, you cannot UPDATE virtual columns directly. If you try, you get an ORA-54017.
It isn’t quite so obvious but you cannot use a virtual column to generate the value (more...)


Sometimes I give parts of a solution to increase the play time to solve a problem. I didn’t anticipate a problem when showing how to perform a sort operation with a CASE statement. It’s a sweet solution when you need to sort something differently than a traditional ascending or descending sort.

I gave my students this ORDER BY clause as an example:

    WHEN filter = 'Debit' THEN 1
    WHEN filter = 'Credit' THEN 2

Conditional Compilation and Static Boolean

One of my pet-projects is LoggerUtil, which is a utility for Logger, which is an excellent logging tool for PL/SQL.
This post is not about Logger, but some dealings with Conditional Compilation.

With Conditional Compilation you can create a single code base to handle different functionalities depending on compiler flags.
The latest addition to LoggerUtil was a method to create a custom template. For this to work, LoggerUtil depends on a certain Logger Release (where (more...)

Mac SQL Developer Install

This how you install SQL Developer on Mac OS Yosemite. The first thing you need to do is download and install Java 8, not Java 7 on your Mac OS Yosemite, as suggested on some web sites. You can determine whether or not Java is installed by running the following command:

Mac-Pro-3:~ username$ java -version
No Java runtime present, requesting install.

You must accept the Java license to install Java 8 on the (more...)

Deadlock with a Virtual Column

Virtual Columns are really cool. I like them a lot. If you've never heard of them, shame on you, learn about them.
In short: a Virtual Column is not a real column, it's an expression that looks like a column... more or less.
While using the Virtual Columns, we ran into a little oddity with them.

First of all let's start with the version of the database that I tested this on. Yes, I know (more...)

Creating Database Using DBCA Silent Mode

Creating database using DBCA silent mode? Learn how to provision a database in a non-interactive mode.

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Splitting a comma delimited string the RegExp way, Part Three

The article read most often on this blog is called "Splitting a Comma Delimited String, the RegExp way".
On this blog there are two articles about this technique, one is about splitting up a single string into multiple rows and the other is about multiple strings into multiple rows.
Links to both articles are included at the bottom of this article.
It seems like there is a need for functionality like that frequently. And just (more...)

Want to SPEED Up Your Database Tasks? DBMS_PARALLEL_EXECUTE to the rescue!

Use DBMS_PARALLEL_EXECUTE to divide one huge task into multiple small tasks that can be executed at the same time. See how many ways are there to divide.

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Lets catch up at OTNYathra 2015

All, Its time to be at AIOUG stage once again and the event would be the OTNYathra 2015. The event has been a great success in the past and has been able to generate/receive wide recognition and appreciation. OTNYathra focuses to evangelize the Oracle technologies to a broader and passionate audience. OTNYathra is a grand tour which is conducted … Continue reading

Configure Oracle Exadata Write Back Flash Cache

In addition to improving read I/Os, Oracle Exadata Write back flash cache also provides the ability to cache write I/Os directly to PCI flash. Exadata storage software version is the minimum version required to use write back flash cache. Grid infrastructure and database homes must run or later to use with Write-back Smart […]

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Oracle Database 10g Certifications to Expire in March 01, 2015

Oracle Database is one of the leading relational database management system and is used all over the world. It has various training’s, exams and certifications for its Database and other products. However due to regular update in Database, they have to redesign their trainings, certification and exams to add new features and to remove old […]

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Free e-book giveaway: “Oracle Database XE 11gR2 Jump Start Guide” (Packt Publishing, 2012)

Last week I reviewed “Oracle Database XE 11gR2 Jump Start Guide” (Packt Publishing, 2012) in this post. Packt guys did like the review, and today I am pleased to announce that I will be giving away two free e-copies of the book. All you need to do is just comment below the post and win [...]

Book review: “Oracle Database XE 11gR2 Jump Start Guide” by Asif Momen

About a year ago Packt Publishing approached me and offered to write a book on (one of the technologies in) Oracle 11g. After careful consideration I had to decline the offer. Which was the right decision as I have hardly had any spare time in the past 12 months. However, Packt guys have kept in [...]

Who is using your Undo space? – Improved Script

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I have extended the Undo usage scripts to include two additional indicators:
1) undo change vector size statistics
2) Used undo records/blocks

and support for RAC infrastructure, so you can spot the hungriest UNDO eaters for any given instance.

Then the script for Oracle 11g is as follows:
set pagesize 400
set linesize 140
col name for a25
col program for a50
col username for a12
col osuser for a12
SELECT a.inst_id, a.sid, c.username, c.osuser, c.program,,
a.value, d.used_urec, d.used_ublk
FROM gv$sesstat a, v$statname  (more...)