Inspecting PL/SQL Collections with Oracle SQL Developer

Our stored procedures often capture information and store that data as a string or number. But sometimes we need to process more than just a single value. PL/SQL allows you to do this via collections. Now, if you’re looking for help getting started with collections, I would start with Using PL/SQL Collections and Records Oracle […]

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Using SQL Developer to Debug your Anonymous PL/SQL Blocks

Everyone knows that SQL Developer has a PL/SQL debugger – check! Everyone also knows that it’s only setup for debugging standalone PL/SQL objects like Functions, Procedures, and Packages, right? – NO! SQL Developer can also debug your Stored Java Procedures AND it can debug your standalone PLSQL blocks. These bits of PLSQL which do not […]

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How to find dependent objects in your PL/SQL Programs using SQL Developer

I’ve answered this question a few times over the past several months, but I’m just now getting around to putting my answer onto ‘paper.’ The common scenario is someone decides to alter a table. Immediately the paranoid – is it really paranoia if someone is actually out to get you? – start to worry about […]

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PLSQL Warning Messages in Oracle SQL Developer

If you have problems in your PL/SQL program that prevent compilation and execution of said program, then that is reported back as an ‘error.’ It could be as simple as missing a semicolon – CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION "COUNTRIES_ROWS_BACK" RETURN sys_refcursor IS l_curvar sys_refcursor; BEGIN OPEN l_curvar FOR ‘SELECT * FROM countries’   RETURN l_curvar; […]

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SQLDev Trick: SHIFT+Hover to Peek Into a Stored Proc

I’m poking around an unfamiliar schema or environment. I’m not sure what these procedures do. I could open them, but I’m lazy and I don’t want the tool to open another document/window. The ‘mystery’ code: These programs are self-documenting as they have the most awesome names ever! I’m guessing that one package will blast my […]

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JAVADOC for the Oracle Database a la DBDOC

Javadoc is a tool for generating API documentation in HTML format from doc comments in source code. Wouldn’t it be nice if a similar tool existed for PLSQL? Well you’re in luck because someone already made that available via an open-source utility known as pldoc. Automatically document your database schema with SQL Developer using the […]

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Using Pass Counts to Turbo Charge Your PL/SQL Breakpoints

Debugging PLSQL is one of the primary features of Oracle SQL Developer. Yes, its the IDE for the database, but PLSQL is the database’s programming language. It really, really needs to support all things PLSQL. Programming languages need modern day amenities if they are to be adopted by mainstream developers. One of those amenities is […]

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