Packages are defined using PL/SQL. Therefore, this section provides some general information but refers to Oracle Database PL/SQL Language Reference for details of syntax and semantics.
A procedure is a group of PL/SQL statements that you can call by name. A call specification (sometimes called call spec) declares a Java method or a third-generation language (3GL) routine so that it can be called from SQL and PL/SQL. The call spec tells Oracle Database which Java method to invoke when a call is made. It also tells the database what type conversions to make for the arguments and return value.
Stored procedures offer advantages in the areas of development, integrity, security, performance, and memory allocation.
Oracle Database Advanced Application Developer's Guide for more information on stored procedures, including how to call stored procedures and for information about registering external procedures.
CREATE FUNCTION for information specific to functions, which are similar to procedures in many ways.
CREATE PACKAGE for information on creating packages. The
PROCEDURE statement creates a procedure as a standalone schema object. You can also create a procedure as part of a package.
CREATE LIBRARY for more information about shared libraries.
To create or replace a procedure in your own schema, you must have the
PROCEDURE system privilege. To create or replace a procedure in another user's schema, you must have the
PROCEDURE system privilege.
To invoke a call spec, you may need additional privileges, for example, the
EXECUTE object privilege on the C library for a C call spec.
To embed a
PROCEDURE statement inside an Oracle precompiler program, you must terminate the statement with the keyword
END-EXEC followed by the embedded SQL statement terminator for the specific language.
Package bodies are defined using PL/SQL. Therefore, the syntax diagram in this book shows only the SQL keywords. Please refer to Oracle Database PL/SQL Language Reference for the PL/SQL syntax, semantics, and examples.
plsql_source: See Oracle Database PL/SQL Language Reference.)
REPLACE to re-create the procedure if it already exists. Use this clause to change the definition of an existing procedure without dropping, re-creating, and regranting object privileges previously granted on it. If you redefine a procedure, then Oracle Database recompiles it.
Users who had previously been granted privileges on a redefined procedure can still access the procedure without being regranted the privileges.
If any function-based indexes depend on the package, then Oracle Database marks the indexes
See Also:ALTER PROCEDURE for information on recompiling procedures
See Oracle Database PL/SQL Language Reference for the syntax and semantics of the