CREATE OPERATOR

Purpose

Use the CREATE OPERATOR statement to create a new operator and define its bindings.

Operators can be referenced by indextypes and by SQL queries and DML statements. The operators, in turn, reference functions, packages, types, and other user-defined objects.

See Also:

Oracle Database Data Cartridge Developer's Guide and Oracle Database Concepts for a discussion of these dependencies and of operators in general

Prerequisites

To create an operator in your own schema, you must have the CREATE OPERATOR system privilege. To create an operator in another schema, you must have the CREATE ANY OPERATOR system privilege. In either case, you must also have the EXECUTE object privilege on the functions and operators referenced.

Semantics

OR REPLACE

Specify OR REPLACE to replace the definition of the operator schema object.

Restriction on Replacing an Operator You can replace the definition only if the operator has no dependent objects, such as indextypes supporting the operator.

schema

Specify the schema containing the operator. If you omit schema, then the database creates the operator in your own schema.

operator

Specify the name of the operator to be created.

binding_clause

Use the binding_clause to specify one or more parameter datatypes (parameter_type) for binding the operator to a function. The signature of each binding—the sequence of the datatypes of the arguments to the corresponding function—must be unique according to the rules of overloading.

The parameter_type can itself be an object type. If it is, then you can optionally qualify it with its schema.

Restriction on Binding Operators You cannot specify a parameter_type of REF, LONG, or LONG RAW.

See Also:

Oracle Database PL/SQL Language Reference for more information about overloading

RETURN Clause

Specify the return datatype for the binding.

The return_type can itself be an object type. If so, then you can optionally qualify it with its schema.

Restriction on Binding Return Datatype You cannot specify a return_type of REF, LONG, or LONG RAW.

implementation_clause

Use this clause to describe the implementation of the binding.

ANCILLARY TO Clause

Use the ANCILLARY TO clause to indicate that the operator binding is ancillary to the specified primary operator binding (primary_operator). If you specify this clause, then do not specify a previous binding with just one number parameter.

context_clause

Use the context_clause to describe the functional implementation of a binding that is not ancillary to a primary operator binding.

WITH INDEX CONTEXT, SCAN CONTEXT Use this clause to indicate that the functional evaluation of the operator uses the index and a scan context that is specified by the implementation type.

COMPUTE ANCILLARY DATA Specify COMPUTE ANCILLARY DATA to indicate that the operator binding computes ancillary data.

WITH COLUMN CONTEXT Specify WITH COLUMN CONTEXT to indicate that Oracle Database should pass the column information to the functional implementation for the operator.

If you specify this clause, then the signature of the function implemented must include one extra ODCIFuncCallInfo structure.

See Also:

Oracle Database Data Cartridge Developer's Guide for instructions on using the ODCIFuncCallInfo routine

using_function_clause

The using_function_clause lets you specify the function that provides the implementation for the binding. The function_name can be a standalone function, packaged function, type method, or a synonym for any of these.

If the function is subsequently dropped, then the database marks all dependent objects INVALID, including the operator. However, if you then subsequently issue an ALTER OPERATOR ... DROP BINDING statement to drop the binding, then subsequent queries and DML will revalidate the dependent objects.

Example

Creating User-Defined Operators: Example 

This example creates a very simple functional implementation of equality and then creates an operator that uses the function. For a more complete set of examples, see Oracle Database Data Cartridge Developer's Guide.

CREATE FUNCTION eq_f(a VARCHAR2, b VARCHAR2) RETURN NUMBER AS
BEGIN
   IF a = b THEN RETURN 1;
   ELSE RETURN 0;
   END IF;
END;
/

CREATE OPERATOR eq_op
   BINDING (VARCHAR2, VARCHAR2) 
   RETURN NUMBER 
   USING eq_f;