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Proc SQL for SAS Programmers

SQL for SAS Programmers - Introduction

What is SQL?

SQL stands for Structured Query Language and was designed for development and maintenance within a Database Management System (DBMS).

Killing my Oracle sessions

Many a time, developers ask for procedures to kill there own sessions in the oracle db.
Many of our developers are scattered around the globe in different time zones.
During on-call rotation, developers will be calling me, round the clock, to kill their sessions.

To resolve this issue, I came up with this package, consisting of a pipelined function
and a procedure. The pipelined function, displays the users' sessions in the db.
The procedure kills the developer's session only.

Oracle10g Regular Expression

Oracle10g Regular Expression

Oracle database 10g added a new feature "Regular Expression" enhancement that can be used with SQL and PL/SQL statements.

There are four regular expression functions :-

REGEXP_LIKE
REGEXP_SUBSTR
REGEXP_INSTR
REGEXP_REPLACE

The functions REGEXP_SUBSTR, REGEXP_INSTR and REGEXP_REPLACE basically extend the functionality of other well known string functions SUBSTR, INSTR and REPLACE.

REGEXP_LIKE is basically an operator that is similar to existing LIKE operator.

The above regular expression functions are very efficient and powerful.

A regular ex

Foreordain my Transaction to Fail

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I saw one of those really interesting pieces of code recently. A guy wanted to run his transaction and make it fail when it was all done. Normally one would put ROLLBACK at the end of the transaction in order to undo a transaction's work. But this guy did not want to do that. He wanted to keep his transaction code unchanged, commit at the end and everything. He had several reasons for this, among them being that he did not have access to all the code he was working with and thus could not put the ROLLBACK where it was needed, and indeed suspected (as we eventually found to be true), that somewhere in the code stream there was a commit being done without his permission thus splitting his transaction in ways he did not intend. So he wanted a way to FOREORDAIN (determine ahead of time) that his transaction would fail no matter even if it went to conclusion without error. For this he came up with a I think a clever hack. Seems to me this might have some use, if I can figure out what that use might be. So here is the cool solution.

Creating and Unpacking Delimited Strings in SQL

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Recently a friend asked me for this. I see it a lot on OraFaq as a question in the forums so here are the basics of working with delimited strings. I will show the various common methods for creating them and for unpacking them. Its not like I invented this stuff so I will also post some links for additional reading.

Interchange the Values of 2 Columns

You might face a situation where you need to interchange the values of two columns in an Oracle database table. This article will explore ways to achieve this.

Info on PIVOT

Database tables are structured in columns and rows. However, some data lends itself to switching row data as column data for expository purposes. The pivot operation in SQL allows the developer to arrange row data as column fields. For example, if there are two customers who have both visited a store exactly four times, and you want to compare the amount of money spent by each customer on each visit, you can implement the pivot operation.

Oracle SQL Model - An Alternative to UNION for Creating A list of Static Values

Here’s an alternative to the union statement for creating a collection of values using the Oracle SQL Model construct in 10g.

[code]--Using SQL Model clause to return a list of items.

SELECT col_1 Product, col_2 Price, col_3 Description
FROM (SELECT -1 col_id,
RPAD ('X', 30) col_1,
TO_NUMBER(RPAD ('1', 3)) col_2,
RPAD ('X', 40) col_3
--Change RPAD number to reflect length of column value.
FROM DUAL)
WHERE col_id <> -1
MODEL
DI

Need of Framework in PL/SQL Coding

Over a period of time, I have seen many database (backend) centric projects using huge amount of processing, I found most of them lacking Development Framework, To make it more clear I would say that Framework is not only limited to GUI like JAVA DOT.NET. It is certain sets of standards used before starting development projects, This presentation will support approach towards achieving this objective.

Undocumented OVERLAPS Function, Don't Use it Yet

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Recently I have noticed there has been considerable talk on the WEB about date logic; in particular talk about overlapping date ranges and how to detect them. I can't say why there is such an interest, but some people have turned to an undocumented feature (a function called OVERLAPS) to solve their problems. This article will describe date overlap, and show equivelant SQL that will allow you to avoid using this undocumented feature which as always is a good idea, because undocumented features in Oracle have propensity to change and/or disappear unexpectedly leaving those who foolishly realied upon them in unanticipated trouble after an upgrade.