“Collection iterator pickler fetch”: pipelined vs simple table functions

Alex R recently discovered interesting thing: in SQL pipelined functions work much faster than simple non-pipelined table functions, so if you already have simple non-pipelined table function and want to get its results in sql (select * from table(fff)), it’s much better to create another pipelined function which will get and return its results through PIPE ROW().

A bit more details:

Assume we need to return collection “RESULT” from PL/SQL function into SQL query “select (more...)

Type Dependent Tree

While trying to explain a student question about Oracle object types, it seemed necessary to show how to write a dependency tree. I did some poking around and found there wasn’t a convenient script at hand. So, I decided to write one.

This assumes the following Oracle object types, which don’t have any formal methods (methods are always provided by PL/SQL or Java language implementations):

CREATE OR REPLACE TYPE base_t AS OBJECT
( base_id  NUMBER  (more...)

Bug with integer literals in PL/SQL

This interesting question was posted on our russian forum yesterday:

We have a huge PL/SQL package and this simple function returns wrong result when it’s located at the end of package body:

create or replace package body PKGXXX as
  ...
  function ffff return number is
  nRes number;
  begin        
    nRes :=  268435456;
    return nRes;
  end;
end;
/

But it works fine in any of the following cases:
* replace 268435456 with power(2, 28), or
* replace (more...)

EBR – Part 2: Changing a Package Body (the Problems)

This is part 2 of a post series about EBR.
In part 1 we created the baseline model and code – a table (PEOPLE) and two packages (PEOPLE_DL and APP_MGR).
In this post we’ll start handling the first type of change request: changing a package body.

The Task

We need to change the implementation of the PEOPLE_DL package; i.e. we need to change the package body.
There are no API changes (the package spec (more...)

EBR – Part 1: Overview and Setup

I have been using EBR in a real production system for more than 4 years now.
EBR – an acronym for Edition-Based Redefinition – is a powerful and unique feature (or, more precisely, a set of features) that enables patching and upgrading live Oracle-based applications in an online fashion, with zero downtime.

As an Oracle Developer and DBA I find EBR one of the most important tools in my toolkit, and I take advantage of (more...)

#DOAG2017 wrap up

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Another DOAG is over and here are my summary.

Day 1

As my presentation is planned for noon I arrived this year on the evening before, so I could attend the early sessions on 8:30.

Sten Vesterli: APEX, ADF, or ABCS? A real-life application built in 3 tools

He compares the development of a real application in APEX, ADF and ABCS. He don’t believe that ABCS is usable from end users and shows interesting (more...)

ODC Appreciation Day: EMP #ThanksODC

Here is my very short entry for the Oracle Developer Community Appreciation Day 2017.

Very often I use the good ol' EMP table to demonstrate even the latest features of SQL and PL/SQL.
Everybody seems to know the EMP table, and some even know some of the content off the top of their head (yes, I'm guilty of that too). Whenever I need to write a hierarchical query and am not really sure what which (more...)

ODC Appreciation Day: Collections in SQL

Here’s my contribution to the ODC Appreciation Day.

Overview

Last week I had the privilege to participate in the EOUC Database ACES Share Their Favorite Database Things session at Oracle OpenWorld, so I think that the best topic to write about, as part of the ODC Appreciation Day, is the one I talked about in this session.
My 5-minute presentation was about Collections in SQL.

Collections are very useful in PL/SQL development. This is (more...)

ODC Appreciation Day: The PL/SQL Language

Like last year, Tim Hall of oracle-base.com fame suggested we should all do an "ODC Appreciation Day" in honor of the Oracle Developer Community (ODC), by blogging about our favorite Oracle product or feature.

My personal favorite, after the database itself, is the PL/SQL language that runs inside the database.



Here's what's great about it:
  • Simple (and therefore easy to understand and quick to learn)
  • Runs everywhere the Oracle database runs (any operating (more...)

ODC Appreciation Day: Cursor Variables

You know everything is Tim Halls fault, right? Including this blog post? Oh yes it is, he came up with the idea of OTN ODC Appreciation Day - a day where Oracle Bloggers all over the world show their appreciation of the Oracle Developer Community by blogging about some favorite Oracle feature.

So what should I pick this year of the multitude of possible favorites? Something brand new? No, I think I'll write about (more...)

RETURNING INTO – Enhancement Suggestion

The RETURNING INTO clause is one of my favorite features.
It returns data from the rows that have been affected by the DML statement, and as I wrote in this previous post:
For INSERT it returns the after-insert values of the new row’s columns.
For UPDATE it returns the after-update values of the affected rows’ columns.
For DELETE it returns the before-delete values of the affected rows’ columns.

For INSERT there are no before-insert (more...)

PL/SQL functions: Iterate and keys for associative arrays

Unfortunately associative arrays still require more “coding”:
we still can’t use “indices of” or “values of” in simple FOR(though they are available for FORALL for a long time), don’t have convinient iterators and even function to get all keys…
That’s why I want to show my templates for such things like iterator and keys function. You can adopt these functions and create them on schema level.

declare 
   type numbers  is table of number;
   type anumbers  (more...)

Implementing Arc Relationships with Virtual Columns? Or Not?

I wrote a post some time ago about implementing arc relationships using virtual columns.
Recently, Toon Koppelaars wrote a detailed and reasoned comment to that post. Since I admire Toon, getting his point of view on something that I wrote is a privilege for me, regardless if he agrees with me or disagrees (and just to be clear, it’s the latter this time). I think that having a public (and civilized) discussion – this time (more...)

How to group connected elements (or pairs)

I see quite often when developers ask questions about connected components:

Table “MESSAGES” contains fields “SENDER” and “RECIPIENT”, which store clients id.
How to quickly get all groups of clients who are connected even through other clients if the table has X million rows?
So for this table, there should be 4 groups:
  • (1, 2, 4, 8, 16)
  • (3, 6, 12)
  • (5, 10, 20)
  • (7, 14)
  • (9, 18)
SENDERRECIPIENT
12
24
3 (more...)

Avoiding reinventing the wheel – use MULTISET EXCEPT to get set relative complement

Today in an application I stumbled upon a PL/SQL function created to return those elements of one nested table that did not exist in another nested table. Not a huge function, but still a bit of work and some thinking that had been done some while ago to compare the elements and create the desired output nested table.

The trouble is, that this functionality already natively exists in PL/SQL (and SQL) - the developer had (more...)

“#PL/SQL: Therefore, whoever binds forever: automate your tests” – I’m a speaker at #DOAG2017

 

Today my presentation is confirmed: “Therefore, whoever binds forever: automate your tests”. Maybe the German pun will be the better understood: “PL/SQL: Drum test-automatisiere, wer sich sich ewig bindet!”

I will speak over my experiences with following

  • several PL/SQL testing tools like at least
  • I will give you a demo of this tools and compare their capabilities for
    • architecture
    • branching
    • continuous integration
    • code coverage

If you (more...)

OGh Tech Experience 2017 – recap

On June 15th and 16th 2017 the very first OGh Tech Experience was held. This 2-day conference was a new combination of the DBA Days and Fusion Middleware Tech Experience that were held in previous years. To summarize: OGh hit bullseye. It was two days packed with excellent in-depth technical sessions, good customer experiences and great networking opportunities.

The venue was well chosen. De Rijtuigenloods in Amersfoort is a former maintenance building of the Dutch (more...)

PL/SQL in SQL in View in SQL in PL/SQL

I presented “Write Less (Code) With More (Oracle 12c New Features)” yesterday at OGh Tech Experience 2017.
One of the features I talked about was PL/SQL in the WITH Clause. One of the restrictions of this feature is that you cannot embed a static SQL query, that contains PL/SQL in the WITH clause, in PL/SQL (see the section PL/SQL in SQL in PL/SQL in this post).
I was asked, regarding this restriction, if it’s (more...)

Avoiding Coincidental Cohesion

Given that Coincidental Cohesion is bad for our code base so obviously we want to avoid writing utilities packages. Fortunately it is mostly quite easy to do so. It requires vigilance on our part. Utilities packages are rarely planned. More often we are writing a piece of business functionality when we find ourselves in need of some low level functionality. It doesn't fit in the application package we're working on, perhaps we suspect that it (more...)

Utilities – the Coincidental Cohesion anti-pattern

One way to understand the importance of cohesion is to examine an example of a non-cohesive package, one exhibiting a random level of cohesion. The poster child for Coincidental Cohesion is the utility or helper package. Most applications will have one or more of these, and Oracle's PL/SQL library is no exception. DBMS_UTILITY has 37 distinct procedures and functions (i.e. not counting overloaded signatures) in 11gR2 and 38 in 12cR1 (and R2). Does DBMS_UTILITY (more...)