Create an Excel-file with PL/SQL

Anton Scheffer 136

For this project I took an Apex-plugin I have written, (IR) Report to Excel (xlsx), and turned it into a PL/SQL package. With this package it’s very easy to create an Excel 2007 file with only a few lines of PL/SQL code. The main purpose for this package is getting […]

No JDBC based data retrieval in Java applications – RESTstyle, JSON formatted HTTP based interaction from Java to Database

Lucas Jellema 1

This article demonstrates how Java application can query data from relational databases (well, in this case more specifically the Oracle RDBMS) without the use of plain old JDBC but instead through a simple HTTP interaction with a RESTful service that returns the data in JSON format. In this way, issues […]

Oracle Open World 2010 presentation: Forms2Future: the ongoing journey into the future for Oracle based organizations

Lucas Jellema

Many organizations around the world have adopted Oracle technology for developing custom applications. Over the past two decades, they may have used PL/SQL, Reports, Forms, Designer, Portal or the Web PL/SQL Toolkit. Many of these organizations have come to face new challenges: more agility or functionality, new user groups or […]

Utl_compress, gzip and zlib

Anton Scheffer 12

Oracle has a a supplied package utl_compress, which can be used to compress and decompress data with PL/SQL. According to the documentation it uses the “Lempel-Ziv compression algorithme”, and “The output of the UTL_COMPRESS compressed data is compatible with gzip”. That means it’s following the RFC 1952 specs, RFC 1952. […]

SOA & SOA Suite for Oracle Database Professionals – seminars in Perth and Melbourne and Singapore (November 2009)

Lucas Jellema 3

Next month, I will visit Australia and Singapore to present on SOA and the Oracle SOA Suite – to Oracle database developers. In this one-day-long seminar, I introduce the key concepts and objectives of SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) as well as the Oracle SOA Suite 11g to an audience of database professionals. […]

Unwrapping 10G wrapped PL/SQL

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  Many people have tried to unwrap wrapped PL/SQL. Most people haven’t succeeded in doing it, but since Pete Finnegan’s presentation on the 2006 Black Hat conference,, unwrapping PL/SQL on the older database versions, pre 10G, is possible. David Litchfield, in his book “The Oracle Hacker’s Handbook”, describes a […]

OOW Presentation: Optimal Use of Oracle Database 10g and Oracle Database 11g for Modern Application Development

Lucas Jellema 2

I just completed my second presentation here at Oracle Open World. It discusses Application Development inside and with the Database, introducing and discussing quite a few trends, concepts, best practices and new or rediscovered database features. It was nice presentation to prepare and to present: fun stuff, useful too and […]

Oracle & JDBC – Passing a ‘table of custom object type’ to a stored procedure – implementing efficient single round trip data exchange (part two of an ADF application on a PL/SQL API)

Lucas Jellema 3

One very efficient way of passing data from the Java application to the database is through the use of custom Oracle Types. Even when we want to send a heterogeneous data set, for example a data set with master and details records, custom type based objects can provide a powerful […]

Oracle 11G: describing a refcursor

Anton Scheffer

In Oracle 11G the supplied package DBMS_SQL is extended with two new procedures: to_cursor_number, which transfers a refcursor to a "dbms_sql cursor" to_refcursor, which transfers a "dbms_sql cursor" to a refcursor These can be used, together with dbms_sql.describe_columns to describe a refcursor. declare rc sys_refcursor; v varchar2(10); n number; c […]

Anydata and Collections

Anton Scheffer

Steven Feuerstein has written a PLSQL-utility str2list in which he uses dynamic sql to fill collections of different types. While I was playing with the “new” Oracle types ANYTYPE, ANYDATA and ANYDATSET I found that the ANYDATA type can be used to do something simular. So I have written a […]