Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Oracle PL / SQL Interview Question - New Interview Questions

  • What’s a PL/SQL table? Its purpose and Advantages?
    A PL/SQL table is one dimensional, indexed, unbounded sparsed collection of homogeneous
    PLSQL tables are used to move data into and out of the database and between client side applications and stored sub-programs. They have attributes such as exits, prior, first, last, delete ,next . These attributes make PLSQL tables easier to use and applications easier to maintain.
    1 PL\SQL tables give you the ability to hold multiple values in a structure in memory so that a PL\SQL block does not have to go to the database every time it needs to retrieve one of these values - it can retrieve it directly from the PL\SQL table in memory.
    2 Global temporary tables act as performance enhancers when compared to standard tables as they greatly reduce the disk IO.
    3 They also offer the ease-of-use of standard tables, since standard SQL can be used with them; no special array-processing syntax is required.
  • What is a Cursor? How many types of Cursor are there?
    A) Cursor is an identifier/name to a work area that we can interact with to access its information. A cursor points to the current row in the result set fetched. There are three types of cursors. They are
    1 Implicit cursors – created automatically by PL/SQL for all SQL Dml statements such as
    Insert Update, delete and Select
    2 Explicit cursors – Created explicitly. They create a storage area where the set of rows
    Returned by a query are placed.
    3 Dynamic Cursors – Ref Cursors( used for the runtime modification of the select querry).
    Declaring the cursor, Opening the cursor, Fetching data , Closing the cursor(Releasing the work area) are the steps involved when using explicit cursors.
  • What is the difference between Function and Procedure?
    1..Procedure is a sub program written to perform a set of actions and returns multiple valuesUsing out parameters or return no value at all.
    2..Function is a subprogram written to perform certain computations and return a single value.
  • What are the modes for passing parameters to Oracle?
    There are three modes for passing parameters to subprograms
    1.IN - An In-parameter lets you pass values to the subprogram being called. In the subprogram it acts like a constant and cannot be assigned a value.
    2. OUT – An out-parameter lets you return values to the caller of the subprogram. It acts like an initialized variable its value cannot be assigned to another variable or to itself.
    3.INOUT – An in-out parameter lets you pass initial values to the subprogram being called and returns updated values to the caller.
  • What is the difference between Truncate and Delete Statement?
    1.Truncate – Data truncated by using truncate statement is lost permanently and cannot be retrieved even by rollback. Truncate command does not use rollback segment during its execution, hence it is fast.
    2. Delete – Data deleted by using the delete statement can be retrieved back by Rollback. Delete statement does not free up the table object allocated space.
  • What are Exceptions? How many types of Exceptions are there?
    Exceptions are conditions that cause the termination of a block. There are two types of exceptions
    1.Pre-Defined – Predefined by PL/SQL and are associated with specific error codes.
    2.User-Defined – Declared by the users and are rose on deliberate request. (Breaking a condition etc.)
    Exception handlers are used to handle the exceptions that are raised. They prevent exceptions from propagating out of the block and define actions to be performed when exception is raised.
  • What is a Pragma Exception_Init? Explain its usage?
    Pragma Exception_Init is used to handle undefined exceptions. It issues a directive to the compiler asking it to associate an exception to the oracle error. There by displaying a specific error message pertaining to the error occurred. Pragma Exception_Init (exception_name, oracle_error_name).
  • What is a Raise and Raise Application Error?
    1.Raise statement is used to raise a user defined exception.
    2. A raise application error is a procedure belonging to dbms_standard package. It allows to display a user defined error message from a stored subprogram.
  • What is the difference between Package, Procedure and Functions?
    1.A package is a database objects that logically groups related PL/SQL types, objects, and Subprograms.
    2.Procedure is a sub program written to perform a set of actions and can return multiple values.
    3.Function is a subprogram written to perform certain computations and return a single value. Unlike subprograms packages cannot be called, passed parameters or nested.
  • How do you make a Function and Procedure as a Private?
    Functions and Procedures can be made private to a package by not mentioning their declaration in the package specification and by just mentioning them in the package body.
  • How do you kick a Concurrent program from PL/SQL?
  • What is an Anonymous block?
    Anonymous Block is a block of instructions in PL/SQL and SQL which is not saved under a name as an object in database schema It is also not compiled and saved in server storage, so it needs to be parsed and executed each time it is run. However, this simple form of program can use variables, can have flow of control logic, can return query results into variables and can prompt the user for input using the SQL*Plus '&' feature as any stored procedure.
  • What are the two basic parameters that we have to pass while registering PL/SQL procedure?
    Error code and Error Buffer.
  • How to display messages in Log file and Output file?
  • What is a Trigger ? How many types of Triggers are there?
    Trigger is a procedure that gets implicitly executed when an insert/update/delete statement is issued against an associated table. Triggers can only be defined on tables not on views, how ever triggers on the base table of a view are fired if an insert/update/delete statement is issued against a view.
    There are two types of triggers, Statement level trigger and Row level trigger.
    After / For each row
    Trigger is fired / Update /
    Before / For Each statement
  • Can we use Commit in a Database Trigger, if ‘No’ then why?
    No. Committing in a trigger will violate the integrity of the transaction.
  • What is Commit, Rollback and Save point?
    Commit – Makes changes to the current transaction permanent. It Erases the savepoints and releases the transaction locks.
    Savepoint –Savepoints allow to arbitrarily hold work at any point of time with option of later committing. They are used to divide transactions into smaller portions.
    Rollback – This statement is used to undo work.
  • What is the difference between DDL, DML and DCL structures?
    DDL statements are used for defining data. Ex: Create, Alter, Drop,Truncate,Rename.
    DML statements are used for manipulating data. Ex: Insert, update, truncate.
    DCL statements are used for to control the access of data. Ex; Grant, Revoke.
    TCL statements are used for data saving.Ex; Commit,Rollback,Savepoint.
  • How can u create a table in PL/SQL procedure?
    By using execute immediate statement we can create a table in PLSQL.
    Execute immediate ‘create table amit as select * from emp’;
    All DDL,DML,DCL commands can be performed by using this command.
  • How do we Tune the Queries?
    Queries can be tuned by Checking the logic (table joins), by creating Indexes on objects in the where clause, by avoiding full table scans. Finally use the trace utility to generate the trace file, use the TK-Prof utility to generate a statistical analysis about the query using which appropriate actions can be taken.
  • What is Explain Plan? How do u use Explain Plan in TOAD?
    It is a utility provided by toad that gives the statistics about the performance of the query. It gives information such as number of full table scans occurred, cost, and usage of indexes
  • What is a TK-PROF and its usage?
    Tk-Prof is a utility that reads the trace files and generates more readable data that gives the statistics about the performance of the query on a line to line basis.
  • What is Optimization? How many types of Optimization are there?
    Rule based Optimization and Cost Based Optimization.
  • What is the default optimization chosen by Oracle?
    Cost based Optimization.
  • What is the difference between the snapshot and synonym?
    7 A snapshot refers to read-only copies of a master table or tables located on a remote node. A snapshot can be queried, but not updated; only the master table can be updated. A snapshot is periodically refreshed to reflect changes made to the master table. In this sense, a snapshot is really a view with periodicity.
    8 A synonym is an alias for table, view, sequence or program unit. They are of two types private and public.
  • What is the difference between data types char and varchar?
    Char reserves the number of memory locations mentioned in the variable declarations, even though not used (it can store a maximum of 255 bytes). Where as Varchar does not reserve any memory locations when the variable is declared, it stores the values only after they are assigned (it can store a maximum of 32767 bytes).
  • Items are imported from the legacy system using the item import interface using the SRS. How are items imported using the UNIX /PLSQL commands with out using SRS?
    1.From the operating system, use CONCSUB to submit a concurrent program. It's an easiest way to test a concurrent program.
    Normally, CONCSUB submits a concurrent request and returns control to the OS prompt/shell script without waiting for the request to complete. The CONCSUB WAIT parameter can be used to make CONCSUB wait until the request has completed before returning control to the OS prompt/shell script
    By using the WAIT token, the utility checks the request status every 60 seconds and returns to the operating system prompt upon completion of the request. concurrent manager does not abort, shut down, or start up until the concurrent request completes. If your concurrent program is compatible with itself, we can check it for data integrity and deadlocks by submitting it many times so that it runs concurrently with itself.
    To pass null parameters to CONCSUB, use '""' without spaces for each null parameter.
    In words: single quote double quote double quote single quote
    Following is an example of CONCSUB syntax with null parameters:
    CONCSUB oe/oe OE 'Order Entry Super User' JWALSH CONCURRENT XOE XOEPACK 4 3 '""' 3
    2. To Invoke a Concurrent Program using PL/SQL:
    i) Just insert a row in FND_CONCURRENT_REQUESTS with the apropriate parameters and commit.
    ii) Invoke the SUBMIT_REQUEST procedure in FND_REQUEST package.
    FND_REQUEST.SUBMIT_REQUEST( 'AR', 'RAXMTR', '', '', FALSE, 'Autoinvoice Master Program', sc_time, FALSE, 1, 1020, 'VRP', '01-JAN-00', chr(0)
  • How can the duplicate records be deleted from the table?
    delete from t1 a where rowid not in (select max(rowid) from t1 b where a.no=b.no)
  • What is the significance of _all tables?
    All tables are multi-org tables which are associated with the company as a whole. Multiple Organizations is enabled in Oracle
    Applications by partitioning some database tables by the Operating Unit. Other tables are shared across Operating Units (and therefore across set of books). Examples of Applications with partitioned tables are Oracle Payables, Oracle Purchasing, Oracle Receivables, Oracle Projects, Oracle Sales & Marketing etc. The name of each corresponding partitioned table is the view name appended by '_ALL'
  • What are mutating tables? And what is mutating error?
    A mutating table is a table that is currently being modified by an UPDATE, DELETE, or INSERT statement, or it is a table that might need to be updated by the effects of a declarative DELETE CASCADE referential integrity constraint.
    A mutating error occurs when a trigger which fires when updation/deletion/insertion is done on a table A performs insertion/updation/deletion on the same table A. This error results in an infinite loop which is termed as a mutating error.
  • What is difference between oracle 7 andoracle 8i?
    A) Oracle 7 is a simple RDBMS, where as Oracle 8i is ORDBMS i.e., RDBMS with Object Support.
    The main add-ons in version 8 are…
    Abstract Data types
    PL/SQL Tables
    Nested Tables
    Partitioned Tables
  • What is Data cleaning and testing.
    Data Cleaning: Transformation of data in its current state to a pre-defined, standardized format using packaged software or program modules.
    Data Testing: The agreed upon conversion deliverables should be approved by the client representatives who are responsible for the success of the conversion. In addition, three levels of conversion testing have been identified and described in the prepare conversion test plans deliverables.
    Eg: for Summary Balances in GL we set Test Criteria as Record Counts, Hash Totals, Balances, Journal Debit and Credit.

  • While registering a report and a pl/sql block we pass some parameters, for any pl/sql block we pass 2 additional parameters. Can u list them?
    It requires two IN parameters for a PL/SQL procedure that's registered as a concurrent program in Apps. They are
    1. Errcode IN VARCHAR2
    2. Errbuff IN VARCHAR2

  • what is a trace file?
    when ever an internal error is detected by a process in oracle it dumps the information about the error into a trace file.
    Alter session set sql_trace=TRUE
  • When do you use Ref Cursors?
    We base a query on a ref cursor when you want to:
    1.More easily administer SQL
    2. Avoid the use of lexical parameters in your reports
    3. Share data sources with other applications, such as Form Builder
    4. Increase control and securityv) Encapsulate logic within a subprogram