Vendor Agnostic, Dynamic Procedural Logic with jOOQ

One of the strengths of modern RDBMS is the capability to mix the powerful SQL language with procedural code. SQL is a 4th generation programming language (4GL), and as such, extremely well suited for querying and bulk data manipulation. Its functional-declarative nature allows for it to be optimised in highly efficient ways using cost-based optimisation, … Continue reading Vendor Agnostic, Dynamic Procedural Logic with jOOQ

jOOQ as a “PL/Java” language

Some people who get in touch with PL/SQL, PL/pgSQL, T-SQL, or any other proprietary procedural language for SQL interaction are probably missing out on a couple of language integration features in the Java world. Most Java APIs see SQL as an external domain-specific language that is "best" dealt with using string concatenation. Such APIs include: … Continue reading jOOQ as a “PL/Java” language

Use jOOQ inside your H2 database

I recently became aware of an interesting use-case for jOOQ when I was optimising my own H2 database integration tests: H2 stored functions H2 knows two operation modes for stored functions: "Inline mode" with source code provided "Reference mode" referencing a public static method of a Java class on the databases' classpath The above terms … Continue reading Use jOOQ inside your H2 database

What are procedures and functions after all?

Many RDBMS support the concept of "routines", usually calling them procedures and/or functions. These concepts have been around in programming languages for a while, also outside of databases. Famous languages distinguishing procedures from functions are: Ada BASIC Pascal etc... The general distinction between (stored) procedures and (stored) functions can be summarised like this: Procedures: Are … Continue reading What are procedures and functions after all?

Oracle scalar subquery caching

The importance of being able to fully control executed SQL (using jOOQ, or plain JDBC) on large-scale systems becomes obvious every time you need to fine-tune your SQL queries for a specific RDBMS. In this case, we're looking at Oracle and its miraculous scalar subquery caching mechanisms: Usually, the context switch from SQL to PL/SQL … Continue reading Oracle scalar subquery caching

Oracle’s object-oriented PL/SQL extensions

I have recently re-discovered an interesting feature of Oracle's PL/SQL language. Not only can you define your own types very easily, you can also associate "methods" to them, as in other object-oriented languages. Oracle calls those "methods" member functions and member procedures. This is documented here, for example: http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/B28359_01/appdev.111/b28371/adobjbas.htm#i477669 So you can define your own … Continue reading Oracle’s object-oriented PL/SQL extensions

The power of REF CURSOR types

Many RDBMS have started implementing support for some sort of CURSOR, REF CURSOR or ARRAY/TABLE types. These types have roughly the same semantics as JDBC's  java.sql.Array and java.sql.ResultSet. In principle, such types can appear anywhere in SQL, even if some RDBMS limit support to a certain functionality subset. What exactly are these types? ARRAY types … Continue reading The power of REF CURSOR types