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Oracle SQL and PL/SQL: juggling with user defined types (ADT) and XMLType – for creating an ADT based XML Service API
Packages in the Oracle Database are a fine construct to use for creating a service API at PL/SQL level – that through JDBC or other connections into the database can quickly be exposed at other levels than just internally for PL/SQL. A service API has a number of characteristics, that typically include a structured, well documented contract – definition for the data that goes in and comes out of the service -, complex, nested message structures and the ability to communicate in terms of XML.
Using ADTs or user defined types in the Oracle RDBMS is quite often very useful. Presenting such a service-style interface from PL/SQL packages is quite easily realized using custom type definitions – easier both for the definition of the package’s "service contract", the consumer of the package (at least the Database Adapter used in the SOA Suite) and the developers implementing the service contract. Such a contract in terms of nested types quite close resembles the typicall WebService contract that used nested XML documents.