DEREF

Syntax

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Purpose

DEREF returns the object reference of argument expr, where expr must return a REF to an object. If you do not use this function in a query, then Oracle Database returns the object ID of the REF instead, as shown in the example that follows.

See Also:

MAKE_REF

Examples

The sample schema oe contains an object type cust_address_typ. The "REF Constraint Examples" create a similar type, cust_address_typ_new, and a table with one column that is a REF to the type. The following example shows how to insert into such a column and how to use DEREF to extract information from the column:

INSERT INTO address_table VALUES
   ('1 First', 'G45 EU8', 'Paris', 'CA', 'US');

INSERT INTO customer_addresses
  SELECT 999, REF(a) FROM address_table a;

SELECT address FROM customer_addresses
   ORDER BY address;

ADDRESS
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000022020876B2245DBE325C5FE03400400B40DCB176B2245DBE305C5FE03400400B40DCB1

SELECT DEREF(address) FROM customer_addresses;

DEREF(ADDRESS)(STREET_ADDRESS, POSTAL_CODE, CITY, STATE_PROVINCE, COUNTRY_ID)
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CUST_ADDRESS_TYP('1 First', 'G45 EU8', 'Paris', 'CA', 'US')