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Oracle® Database SQL Reference
10g Release 1 (10.1)

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User-Defined Operators

Like built-in operators, user-defined operators take a set of operands as input and return a result. However, you create them with the CREATE OPERATOR statement, and they are identified by user-defined names. They reside in the same namespace as tables, views, types, and standalone functions.

Once you have defined a new operator, you can use it in SQL statements like any other built-in operator. For example, you can use user-defined operators in the select list of a SELECT statement, the condition of a WHERE clause, or in ORDER BY clauses and GROUP BY clauses. However, you must have EXECUTE privilege on the operator to do so, because it is a user-defined object.

For example, if you define an operator includes, which takes as input a text column and a keyword and returns 1 if the row contains the specified keyword, you can then write the following SQL query:

SELECT * FROM product_descriptions 
   WHERE includes (translated_description, 'Oracle and UNIX') = 1;

See Also:

CREATE OPERATOR and Oracle Data Cartridge Developer's Guide for more information on user-defined operators