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222 ANYDATASET TYPE

An ANYDATASET TYPE contains a description of a given type plus a set of data instances of that type. An ANYDATASET can be persistently stored in the database if desired, or it can be used as interface parameters to communicate self-descriptive sets of data, all of which belong to a certain type.

This chapter contains the following topics:


Construction

The ANYDATASET needs to be constructed value by value, sequentially.

For each data instance (of the type of the ANYDATASET), the ADDINSTANCE function must be invoked. This adds a new data instance to the ANYDATASET. Subsequently, SET* can be called to set each value in its entirety.

The MODE of construction/access can be changed to attribute/collection element wise by making calls to PIECEWISE.

Note that there is no support for piece-wise construction and access of nested (not top level) attributes that are of object types or collection types.

ENDCREATE should be called to finish the construction process (before which no access calls can be made).


Summary of ANYDATASET TYPE Subprograms

Table 222-1 ANYDATASET Type Subprograms

Subprogram Description

ADDINSTANCE Member Procedure

Adds a new data instance to an ANYDATASET.

BEGINCREATE Static Procedure

Creates a new ANYDATASET which can be used to create a set of data values of the given ANYTYPE.

ENDCREATE Member Procedure

Ends Creation of a ANYDATASET. Other creation functions cannot be called after this call.

GET* Member Functions

Gets the current data value (which should be of appropriate type).

GETCOUNT Member Function

Gets the number of data instances in an ANYDATASET.

GETINSTANCE Member Function

Gets the next instance in an ANYDATASET.

GETTYPE Member Function

Gets the ANYTYPE describing the type of the data instances in an ANYDATASET.

current data value (which should be of appropriate type).

GETTYPENAME Member Function

Gets the AnyType describing the type of the data instances in an ANYDATASET.

PIECEWISE Member Procedure

Sets the MODE of construction, access of the data value to be an attribute at a time (if the data value is of TYPECODE_OBJECT).

SET* Member Procedures

Sets the current data value.



ADDINSTANCE Member Procedure

This procedure adds a new data instance to an ANYDATASET.

Syntax

MEMBER PROCEDURE AddInstance(
   self          IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET);

Parameters

Table 222-2 ADDINSTANCE Procedure Parameter

Parameter Description

self

The ANYDATASET being constructed.


Exceptions

DBMS_TYPES.invalid_parameters: Invalid parameters.
DBMS_TYPES.incorrect_usage: On incorrect usage.

Usage Notes

The data instances have to be added sequentially. The previous data instance must be fully constructed (or set to NULL) before a new one can be added.

This call DOES NOT automatically set the mode of construction to be piece-wise. The user has to explicitly call PIECEWISE if a piece-wise construction of the instance is intended.


BEGINCREATE Static Procedure

This procedure creates a new ANYDATASET which can be used to create a set of data values of the given ANYTYPE.

Syntax

STATIC PROCEDURE BeginCreate(
   typecode     IN PLS_INTEGER,
   rtype        IN OUT NOCOPY AnyType,
   aset         OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET);

Parameters

Table 222-3 BEGINCREATE Procedure Parameter

Parameter Description

typecode

The typecode for the type of the ANYDATASET.

dtype

The type of the data values. This parameter is a must for user-defined types like TYPECODE_OBJECT, Collection typecodes, and similar others.

aset

The ANYDATASET being constructed.


Exceptions

DBMS_TYPES.invalid_parameters: dtype is invalid (not fully constructed, and like errors.)


ENDCREATE Member Procedure

This procedure ends Creation of a ANYDATASET. Other creation functions cannot be called after this call.

Syntax

MEMBER PROCEDURE ENDCREATE(
   self              IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET);

Parameters

Table 222-4 ENDCREATE Procedure Parameter

Parameter Description

self

The ANYDATASET being constructed.



GET* Member Functions

These functions get the current data value (which should be of appropriate type).

The type of the current data value depends on the MODE with which you are accessing it (depending on how we have invoked the PIECEWISE call). If PIECEWISE has not been called, we are accessing the instance in its entirety and the type of the data value should match the type of the ANYDATASET.

If PIECEWISE has been called, we are accessing the instance piece-wise. The type of the data value should match the type of the attribute (or collection element) at the current position.

Syntax

MEMBER FUNCTION GETBDOUBLE(
   self        IN ANYDATASET, 
   dbl         OUT NOCOPY BINARY_DOUBLE)
   RETURN PLS_INTEGER;

MEMBER FUNCTION GETBFLOAT(
   self        IN ANYDATASET, 
   fl          OUT NOCOPY BINARY_FLOAT)
   RETURN PLS_INTEGER;

MEMBER FUNCTION GETBFILE(
   self        IN ANYDATASET,
   b           OUT NOCOPY BFILE)
   RETURN      PLS_INTEGER;

MEMBER FUNCTION GETBLOB(
   self        IN ANYDATASET,
   b           OUT NOCOPY BLOB)
   RETURN      PLS_INTEGER;

MEMBER FUNCTION GETCHAR(
   self        IN ANYDATASET,
   c           OUT NOCOPY CHAR)
   RETURN      PLS_INTEGER;

MEMBER FUNCTION GETCLOB(
   self        IN ANYDATASET,
   c           OUT NOCOPY CLOB)
   RETURN      PLS_INTEGER;

MEMBER FUNCTION GETCOLLECTION(
   self        IN ANYDATASET,
   col         OUT NOCOPY "<collection_type>") 
   RETURN      PLS_INTEGER;

MEMBER FUNCTION GETDATE(
   self        IN ANYDATASET,
   dat         OUT NOCOPY DATE)
   RETURN      PLS_INTEGER;

MEMBER FUNCTION GETINTERVALDS(
   self        IN ANYDATASET,
   inv         IN OUT NOCOPY INTERVAL DAY TO SECOND) 
 RETURN PLS_INTEGER;

MEMBER FUNCTION GETINTERVALYM(
   self        IN ANYDATASET,
   inv IN OUT NOCOPY INTERVAL YEAR TO MONTH) 
 RETURN PLS_INTEGER;

MEMBER FUNCTION GETNCHAR(
   self        IN ANYDATASET, 
   nc          OUT NOCOPY NCHAR)
 RETURN PLS_INTEGER;

MEMBER FUNCTION GETNCLOB(
   self        IN ANYDATASET, 
   nc          OUT NOCOPY NCLOB)
 RETURN PLS_INTEGER;

MEMBER FUNCTION GETNUMBER(
   self        IN ANYDATASET,
   num         OUT NOCOPY NUMBER)
   RETURN      PLS_INTEGER;

MEMBER FUNCTION GETNVARCHAR2(
   self        IN ANYDATASET, 
   nc          OUT NOCOPY NVARCHAR2)
 RETURN PLS_INTEGER;

MEMBER FUNCTION GETOBJECT(
   self        IN ANYDATASET,
   obj         OUT NOCOPY "<object_type>")
   RETURN      PLS_INTEGER;

MEMBER FUNCTION GETRAW(
   self        IN ANYDATASET,
   r           OUT NOCOPY RAW)
   RETURN      PLS_INTEGER;

MEMBER FUNCTION GETREF(
   self        IN ANYDATASET,
   rf          OUT NOCOPY REF "<object_type>")
   RETURN      PLS_INTEGER;

MEMBER FUNCTION GETTIMESTAMP(
   self        IN ANYDATASET, 
 RETURN PLS_INTEGER;

MEMBER FUNCTION GETTIMESTAMPLTZ(
   self        IN ANYDATASET,
   ts          OUT NOCOPY TIMESTAMP WITH LOCAL TIME ZONE) 
 RETURN PLS_INTEGER;

MEMBER FUNCTION GETTIMESTAMPTZ(
   self        IN ANYDATASET, 
   ts          OUT NOCOPY TIMESTAMP WITH TIME ZONE) 
 RETURN PLS_INTEGER,

MEMBER FUNCTION GETUROWID(
   self        IN ANYDATASET,
   rid         OUT NOCOPY UROWID)
 RETURN PLS_INTEGER

MEMBER FUNCTION GETVARCHAR(
   self        IN ANYDATASET,
   c           OUT NOCOPY VARCHAR)
   RETURN      PLS_INTEGER;

MEMBER FUNCTION GETVARCHAR2(
   self        IN ANYDATASET,
   c           OUT NOCOPY VARCHAR2)
   RETURN      PLS_INTEGER;

Parameters

Table 222-5 GET* Procedure Parameters

Parameter Description

self

The ANYDATASET being accessed.

num

The number, and associated information., that is to be obtained.


Return Values

DBMS_TYPES.SUCCESS or DBMS_TYPES.NO_DATA

The return value is relevant only if PIECEWISE has been already called (for a collection). In such a case, DBMS_TYPES.NO_DATA signifies the end of the collection when all elements have been accessed.

Exceptions

DBMS_TYPES.INVALID_PARAMETERs: Invalid Parameters (if it is not appropriate to add a number at this point in the creation process).

DBMS_TYPES.INCORRECT_USAGE: Incorrect usage

DBMS_TYPES.TYPE_MISMATCH: When the expected type is different from the passed in type.


GETCOUNT Member Function

This function gets the number of data instances in an ANYDATASET.

Syntax

MEMBER FUNCTION GetCount(
   self        IN ANYDATASET) 
   RETURN      PLS_INTEGER;

Parameter

Table 222-6 GETCOUNT Function Parameter

Parameter Description

self

The ANYDATASET being accessed.


Return Values

The number of data instances.


GETINSTANCE Member Function

This function gets the next instance in an ANYDATASET. Only sequential access to the instances in an ANYDATASET is allowed. After this function has been called, the GET* functions can be invoked on the ANYDATASET to access the current instance. If PIECEWISE is called before doing the GET* calls, the individual attributes (or collection elements) can be accessed.

It is an error to invoke this function before the ANYDATASET is fully created.

Syntax

MEMBER FUNCTION GETINSTANCE(
   self           IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET)
   RETURN         PLS_INTEGER;

Parameters

Table 222-7 GETINSTANCE Function Parameter

Parameter Description

self

The ANYDATASET being accessed.


Return Values

DBMS_TYPES.SUCCESS or DBMS_TYPES.NO_DATA

DBMS_TYPES.NO_DATA signifies the end of the ANYDATASET (all instances have been accessed).

Usage Notes

This function should be called even before accessing the first instance.


GETTYPE Member Function

Gets the AnyType describing the type of the data instances in an ANYDATASET.

Syntax

MEMBER FUNCTION GETTYPE(
   self           IN ANYDATASET,
   typ            OUT NOCOPY AnyType)
   RETURN         PLS_INTEGER;

Parameters

Table 222-8 GETTYPE Function Parameter

Parameter Description

self

The ANYDATASET.

typ

The ANYTYPE corresponding to the AnyData. May be NULL if it does not represent a user-defined function.


Return Values

The typecode corresponding to the type of the ANYDATA.


GETTYPENAME Member Function

This procedure gets the fully qualified type name for the ANYDATASET.

If the ANYDATASET is based on a built-in, this function will return NUMBER and associated information.

If it is based on a user defined type, this function will return schema_name.type_name. for example, SCOTT.FOO.

If it is based on a transient anonymous type, this function will return NULL.

Syntax

MEMBER FUNCTION GETTYPENAME(
   self           IN ANYDATASET)
   RETURN         VARCHAR2;

Parameter

Table 222-9 GETTYPENAME Function Parameter

Parameter Description

self

The ANYDATASET being constructed.


Return Values

Type name of the ANYDATASET.


PIECEWISE Member Procedure

This procedure sets the MODE of construction, access of the data value to be an attribute at a time (if the data value is of TYPECODE_OBJECT).

It sets the MODE of construction, access of the data value to be a collection element at a time (if the data value is of a collection TYPE). Once this call has been made, subsequent SET* and GET* calls will sequentially obtain individual attributes or collection elements.

Syntax

MEMBER PROCEDURE PIECEWISE(
   self         IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET);

Parameters

Table 222-10 PIECEWISE Procedure Parameter

Parameter Description

self

The ANYDATASET being constructed.


Exceptions

DBMS_TYPES.INVALID_PARAMETERS: Invalid parameters.

DBMS_TYPES.INCORRECT_USAGE: On incorrect usage.

Usage Notes

The current data value must be of an object or collectyon type before this call can be made. There is no support for piece-wise construction or access of embedded object type attributes or nested collections.


SET* Member Procedures

This procedure sets the current data value.

The type of the current data value depends on the MODE with which we are constructing (depending on how we have invoked the PIECEWISE call). The type of the current data should be the type of the ANYDATASET if PIECEWISE has NOT been called. The type should be the type of the attribute at the current position if PIECEWISE has been called.

Syntax

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETBDOUBLE(
   self              IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET, 
   dbl               IN BINARY_DOUBLE, 
   last_elem         IN BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETBFLOAT(
   self              IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET, 
   fl                IN BINARY_FLOAT, 
   last_elem         IN BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETBFILE(
   self              IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET,
   b                 IN BFILE,
   last_elem BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETBLOB(
   self              IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET,
   b                 IN BLOB,
   last_elem BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETCHAR(
   self              IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET,
   c                 IN CHAR,
   last_elem BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETCLOB(
   self              IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET,
   c                 IN CLOB,
   last_elem BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETCOLLECTION(
   self              IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET,
   col               IN "<collection_type>",
   last_elem BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETDATE(
   self              IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET,
   dat               IN DATE,
   last_elem BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETINTERVALDS(
   self              IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET,
   inv               IN INTERVAL DAY TO SECOND,
   last_elem         IN BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETINTERVALYM(
   self              IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET,
   inv               IN INTERVAL YEAR TO MONTH,
   last_elem         IN BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETNCHAR(
   self              IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET,
   nc                IN NCHAR, 
   last_elem IN BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETNCLOB(
  self              IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET,
  nc                IN NClob, 
  last_elem         IN BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETNUMBER(
   self              IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET,
   num               IN NUMBER,
   last_elem BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETNVARCHAR2(
   self             IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET,
   nc               IN NVarchar2, 
   last_elem        IN BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETOBJECT(
   self              IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET,
   obj               IN "<object_type>", 
   last_elem BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETRAW(
   self              IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET,
   r                 IN RAW,
   last_elem BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETREF(
   self              IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET,
   rf                IN REF "<object_type>",
   last_elem BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETTIMESTAMP(
   self              IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET, 
   ts                IN TIMESTAMP,
   last_elem IN BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETTIMESTAMPLTZ(
   self             IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET,
   ts               IN TIMESTAMP WITH LOCAL TIME ZONE,
   last_elem        IN BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETTIMESTAMPTZ(
   self             IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET, 
   ts               IN TIMESTAMP WITH TIME ZONE,
   last_elem        IN BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETUROWID(
   self              IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET, 
   rid               IN UROWID,
   last_elem IN BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETVARCHAR(
   self              IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET,
   c                 IN VARCHAR,
   last_elem BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

MEMBER PROCEDURE SETVARCHAR2(
   self              IN OUT NOCOPY ANYDATASET,
   c                 IN VARCHAR2,
   last_elem BOOLEAN DEFAULT FALSE);

Parameters

Table 222-11 SET* Procedure Parameters

Parameter Description

self

The ANYDATASET being accessed.

num

The number, and associated information, that is to be set.

last_elem

Relevant only if PIECEWISE has been already called (for a collection). Set to TRUE if it is the last element of the collection, FALSE otherwise.


Exceptions