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OCI Type Interface Functions

Table 21-2 lists the Type Interface functions that are described in this section.

Table 21-2 Type Interface Functions

Function Purpose

"OCITypeAddAttr()"

Add an attribute to an object type that was constructed earlier with typecode OCI_TYPECODE_OBJECT

"OCITypeBeginCreate()"

Begin the construction process for a transient type. The type is anonymous (no name).

"OCITypeEndCreate()"

Finish construction of a type description. Subsequently, only access is allowed.

"OCITypeSetBuiltin()"

Set built-in type information. This call can be made only if the type has been constructed with a built-in typecode (OCI_TYPECODE_NUMBER, and so on).

"OCITypeSetCollection()"

Set collection type information. This call can be made only if the type has been constructed with a collection typecode.


OCITypeAddAttr()

Purpose

Adds an attribute to an object type that was constructed earlier with typecode OCI_TYPECODE_OBJECT.

Syntax

sword OCITypeAddAttr ( OCISvcCtx   *svchp, 
                       OCIError    *errhp, 
                       OCIType     *type, 
                       const text  *a_name, 
                       ub4         a_length, 
                       OCIParam    *attr_info );

Parameters

svchp (IN)

The OCI service context.

errhp (IN/OUT)

The OCI error handle. If there is an error, it is recorded in err, and this function returns OCI_ERROR. Obtain diagnostic information by calling OCIErrorGet().

type (IN/OUT)

The type description that is being constructed.

a_name (IN) [optional]

The name of the attribute.

a_length (IN) [optional]

The length of the attribute name, in bytes.

attr_info (IN)

Information about the attribute. It is obtained by allocating an OCIParam parameter handle and setting type information in the OCIParam using OCIAttrSet() calls.

OCITypeBeginCreate()

Purpose

Begins the construction process for a transient type. The type is anonymous (no name).

Syntax

sword OCITypeBeginCreate ( OCISvcCtx    *svchp, 
                           OCIError     *errhp, 
                           OCITypeCode  tc, 
                           OCIDuration  dur, 
                           OCIType      **type );

Parameters

svchp (IN)

The OCI service context.

errhp (IN/OUT)

The OCI error handle. If there is an error, it is recorded in err, and this function returns OCI_ERROR. Obtain diagnostic information by calling OCIErrorGet().

tc (IN)

The typecode for the type. The typecode could correspond to an object type or a built-in type.

Currently, the permissible values for user defined types are:

  • OCI_TYPECODE_OBJECT for an object type (structured)

  • OCI_TYPECODE_VARRAY for a VARRAY collection type

  • OCI_TYPECODE_TABLE for a nested table collection type

For object types, call OCITypeAddAttr() to add each of the attribute types. For collection types, call OCITypeSetCollection(). Subsequently, call OCITypeEndCreate() to finish the creation process.

The permissible values for built-in typecodes are specified in "Typecodes". Additional information about built-in types (precision, scale for numbers, character set information for VARCHAR2s, and so on) if any, must be set with a subsequent call to OCITypeSetBuiltin(). Finally, you must use OCITypeEndCreate() to finish the creation process.

dur (IN)

The allocation duration for the type. It is one of these:

  • A user duration that was previously created. It can be created by using OCIDurationBegin().

  • A predefined duration, such as OCI_DURATION_SESSION.

type (OUT)

The OCIType (Type Descriptor) that is being constructed.

Comments

To create a persistent named type, use the SQL statement CREATE TYPE. Transient types have no identity. They are pure values.

OCITypeEndCreate()

Purpose

Finishes construction of a type description. Subsequently, only access is allowed.

Syntax

sword OCITypeEndCreate ( OCISvcCtx  *svchp, 
                         OCIError   *errhp, 
                         OCIType    *type );

Parameters

svchp (IN)

The OCI service context.

errhp (IN/OUT)

The OCI error handle. If there is an error, it is recorded in err, and this function returns OCI_ERROR. Obtain diagnostic information by calling OCIErrorGet().

type (IN/OUT)

The type description that is being constructed.

OCITypeSetBuiltin()

Purpose

Sets built-in type information. This call can be made only if the type has been constructed with a built-in typecode (OCI_TYPECODE_NUMBER, and so on).

Syntax

sword OCITypeSetBuiltin ( OCISvcCtx   *svchp, 
                          OCIError    *errhp, 
                          OCIType     *type, 
                          OCIParam    *builtin_info );

Parameters

svchp (IN)

The OCI service context.

errhp (IN/OUT)

The OCI error handle. If there is an error, it is recorded in err, and this function returns OCI_ERROR. Obtain diagnostic information by calling OCIErrorGet().

type (IN/OUT)

The type description that is being constructed.

builtin_info (IN)

Provides information about the built-in type (precision, scale, character set, and so on). It is obtained by allocating an OCIParam parameter handle and setting type information in the OCIParam using OCIAttrSet() calls.

OCITypeSetCollection()

Purpose

Sets collection type information. This call can be made only if the type has been constructed with a collection typecode.

Syntax

sword OCITypeSetCollection ( OCISvcCtx   *svchp, 
                             OCIError    *errhp, 
                             OCIType     *type, 
                             OCIParam    *collelem_info,
                             ub4         coll_count );

Parameters

svchp (IN)

The OCI service context.

errhp (IN/OUT)

The OCI error handle. If there is an error, it is recorded in err, and this function returns OCI_ERROR. Obtain diagnostic information by calling OCIErrorGet().

type (IN/OUT)

The type descriptor that is being constructed.

collelem_info (IN)

collelem_info provides information about the collection element. It is obtained by allocating an OCIParam parameter handle and setting type information in the OCIParam using OCIAttrSet() calls.

coll_count (IN)

The count of elements in the collection. Pass 0 for a nested table (which is unbounded).