PL/SQL Challenge first anniversary

One year ago Steven Feuerstein launched a competition called “The Pl/SQL Challenge“.
The idea was to let Oracle PL/SQL developers test their knowledge, learn and win prices by taking a daily quiz.

The format seems to be a success: every day more than 1000 PL/SQL developers test their knowledge about the language, in total more than 5800 users from 119 countries… a worldwide success!

But it does not stop with doing a quiz, a lot of questions(and answers) are discussed on the blog.
And those discussions can also lead to something, like an enhancement request for the PL/SQL language  by Bryn Llewellyn(PL/SQL Product Manager at Oracle).

Steven did a great job with the PL/SQL Challenge and it seems like it keeps on rolling: version 2 of the website is coming up with even more challenges for SQL and APEX.

To Steven and his team of reviewers and developers: thanks for the nice quizzes and keep up te great work!
To all players: have fun and good luck!

 

Read from anydata column

What should you do if you have an anydata column in a queue table and you don’t have any tool to read from it(sqldeveloper doesn’t support it natively)?

I have written some code to extract all the information from such a column and print it, whatever the content would be.

You can find out more Continue reading

My quiz on the PL/SQL Challenge

On friday my quiz was on the PL/SQL Challenge.

Topic: “Guidelines for Designing Triggers: Avoid Non-Transactional Logic in DML Triggers”

Yes, about “statement restart” :-)
My idea about the quiz was “making developers aware of the Oracle behaviour”.
And I hope a lot of PL/SQL developers learned from it.

It wasn’t easy to come up with the question, the way of asking, the correct words, the answers…
But after a lot of mailing between Steven and the reviewers we finally had a quiz.

A lot people had it wrong, but I hope they don’t mind and are now aware of statement restart.

For more information and discussion about the quiz: PL/SQL Challenge blog

PL/SQL Challenge

Steven Feuerstein started last year the PL/SQL Challenge, a quiz about…PL/SQL!
What else could one expect from Steven ;-)

The PL/SQL Challenge is an interesting quiz to test your PL/SQL knowledge and win some great prizes(up to $1000!).
Not only it’s about testing your knowledge, but also about learning a lot PL/SQL(even experienced developers can learn!).

At iAdvise and O2U we have some great PL/SQL developers and to prove that: we are the number one company in the PL/SQL challenge in the last quarter of 2010 and leading in this quarter.
We have three players in the top 100 this quarter of which one is in the top 20.  And this with over a 1000 participants each day.  Not bad I would say.

Not only the experienced players are participating and doing very well, but also our young Apex developers are doing great(one of them was in the beginners top 10 in December).

In the days of  Java, E2.0, SOA, Fusion etc… don’t forget the roots: PL/SQL is still the preferred language on the database!
So, come out and play…and maybe win some prizes at the PL/SQL Challenge.

 

Search database objects with a variable in oracle

Something I really often use is this select:

SELECT distinct type,line,name,text
FROM user_source
WHERE lower(Text) LIKE(‘%’||lower(:search_source)||’%’)
UNION
SELECT distinct ‘column’ type,null line,table_name||’.’|| COLUMN_NAME name,null
FROM user_tab_columns
WHERE lower(COLUMN_NAME) LIKE(‘%’||lower(:search_source)||’%’)
UNION
SELECT  DISTINCT ‘table’ type,null line,object_name name,null
from user_objects
WHERE object_type IN  (‘TABLE’,’VIEW’)
AND lower(object_name) LIKE(‘%’||lower(:search_source)||’%’)
ORDER BY type,name,line

This select will show you most of the database objects in a schema(columns, table,view,code), where this ‘search_source’ string is used.

You can add this into you sqldeveloper as well, as a user defined report.
To accomplish this you will have to do the following steps:
1) Open sqldeveloper
2) go to Reports tab(If you don’t see this tab go to the Menu choose view->Reports
3) right-click ‘User Defined Reports’ -> add Report -> give name and put the sql code as above into SQL input screen(you can leave the rest as default)
You can use this Search in sqldeveloper now.

Oracle Forms Modernization seminar

iAdvise organises a seminar on Forms modernization.

During this seminar we will show you how you can modernize your Oracle Forms applications, give it a rich look and feel, and adopt the latest technologies without throwing away years of investment in Oracle Forms.
We will show you how you can combine the power of an Oracle Forms application with functionality from external application (javabeans, pluggable java components, webservices,…) and how you can give a Forms application a modern “look and feel”.

Also part of this seminar is an overview of the new features in the latest Oracle Forms release(11g)

When: June 1, 2010
Where: iAdvise office, Kontich
Language: Dutch

View invitation