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I'm lookin g for them knowing that a sum aggregate (or any other aggregate function) will r eturn one row for a group and a sum analytic will return one result for each row in the group. If they mention the "Window", they get a bonus point. ;-) How do you create a hierarchical query? Connect by. How would you generate XML from a query? The answer here is "A lot of different ways". They should know that there are SQL functions: XMLELEMENT, XMLFOREST, etc and PL/SQL functions: DBMS_XMLGEN, DBMS_XMLQUERY, etc. What do you need before implementing a member function? You need to create a typ e. How do you tune a query? I'm looking for a discussion of autotrace and/or explai n plan. Ask them what they're looking for in a plan. This should not be a single sentence. Look for a comfort level. What is the default value of a boolean? NULL. This is somewhat tricky but appare ntly there are languages that default boolean to false. A PL/SQL developer needs to know all variables default to NULL. Why is using implicit conversions a poor programming practice? For dates, you mu st ASSUME that the default date format will always be the same (and it won't be) . In some cases, implicit conversion is slower. I want to feel like they don't b elieve writing to_char or to_number is more work than it's worth. BTW, this also applies to SQL. How can you tell if an UPDATE updated no rows? SQL%NOTFOUND. How can you tell if a SELECT returned no rows. NO_DATA_FOUND exception. How do you run Native Dynamic SQL? Execute immediate. What is an autonomous transaction? Identified by pragma autonomous. A child tran saction separate from the parent that MUST be committed or rolled back. How can you find within a PL/SQL block, if a cursor is open? Expected answer: Use the %ISOPEN cursor status variable. What are the types of triggers? Expected Answer: There are 12 types of triggers in PL/SQL that consist of combinations of the BEFORE, AFTER, ROW, TABLE, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE and ALL key words: BEFORE ALL ROW INSERT AFTER ALL ROW INSERT BEFORE INSERT AFTER INSERT etc. Describe the use of %ROWTYPE and %TYPE in PL/SQL Level: Low
Expected answer: %ROWTYPE allows you to associate a variable with an entire tabl e row. . What is a mutating table error and how can you get around it? Level: Intermediate Expected answer: This happens with triggers. The usual fix involves either use of views or temporary tables so the database is selecting from one while updating the other. It occurs because the trigger is tr ying to update a row it is currently using. The %TYPE associates a variable with a single column type.