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Oracle PL/SQL (Procedural Language/Structured Query Language) resources, news, and support articles.

Flipping Herman Millers

I was one of those boom excitables who decided that he must own a Herman Miller Aeron chair in order to be super cool and incredibly productive while I blogged and tweeted (well, I don't think there was Twitter back then) and so forth.

Soon after I got the chair, I realized that I really didn't like it very much at all. It didn't seem to provide support in the right places, didn't make it easy to avoid wasn't the desk chair for me.

Wrapping SQL*Plus

One annoying thing from installing Oracle Database 11g on Fedora, was that the up arrows for command history didn’t work. I decided to fix that today after seeing Lutz Hartmann’s article on rlwrap. Unfortunately, the epel (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) package he recommended doesn’t run on Fedora 20. You can read my tale of woe, or skip to the .bashrc function that fixed it when I installed only rlwrap.

Distributivity of union over join

Recently, Litak & Mikulas & Hidders published the extended version of their earlier work. However, in a typical mathematical tradition following the famous saying “when fine building is revealed to the public eye, the scaffolding should be removed”, reading it requires some detective work. In particular, lets investigate the motivation behind their axiom system:

x ^ (y v z) = (x ^ (z v (R00 ^ y))) v (x ^ (y v (R00 ^ z))). % AxRH1

How to avoid the persistent state of package’s components?

Generally the persistent state of package’s component is useful, we don’t want to eliminate it.
Persistency means that the lifetime of package components(variables, cursors,exception definitions, etc.)
start with the instatiation of package and finish with the end of session.
Many developers collect, for example, the necessary exception definitions in a particular package and
later everybody can use them as many times in their session as they want without reloading them into memory.

APEX 5: Using Font Awesome Icons in Report

APEX 5 is currently in Early Adaptor 2, so the exact implementation of this blogpost might change when APEX 5 goes GA.
Font Awesome is standard included with APEX 5 and you can use the icons on buttons, there is a special property for that.
I was playing around the other day and I wanted to include some Font Awesome icons in my report.
First create a report (classic or interactive, whatever you want) and use the following query:

select empno
,case mod (rownum, 2)

Excel EOMONTH Function

I fielded a question from blog reader on a three year old post about the EOMONTH (End Of Month) function in Excel. The reader want to write a mega-function (a term for putting two or more functions together to solve a problem, according to Mr. Excel). The function would return the first day of any month for the first day of the month and the first day of the next month for any day after the first day of the last month.

How to find out session info about session that comes from remote database through dblink

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width: 1800px;
overflow-x: auto !important;}

It is well known thing and you can even find it on MOS, but I have a little more simple script for it, so I want to show little example.
First of all we need to start script on local database:

PostgreSQL Database

How time flies, last March I explained how to install and configure PostgreSQL on Windows. It was my intent to start posting more content on PostgreSQL but I was distracted by another writing commitment on Oracle Database 12c PL/SQL Advanced Programming Techniques, which should be available in November.

Bug with xmltable, xmlnamespaces and xquery_string specified using bind variable

Today I was asked about strange problem: xmltable does not return data, if xquery specified by bind variable and xml data has xmlnamespaces:

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