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April 02

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Cursor Variables
Cursor variables (variables declared based on a REF CURSOR type) offer some interesting advantages over "hard-coded" or explicit cursors (CURSOR my_cur IS ...), especially lots of flexibility and the ability to pass a cursor as a parameter or even the return value of a function.


01:55 Introduction to cursor variables
02:55 Why use cursor variables?
05:36 Dev Gym use of cursor variables
08:03 Diving into cursor variable syntax and usage
15:15 Q&A: how best to log and propagate exceptions up the stack
23:05 Performance impact of using cursor variables
26:05 Using cursor variables to make dynamic SQL method 4 easier
33:00 Cursor variables and cursor expressions
37:45 More Q&A
39:24 Chris’s experience with cursor variables (before joining Oracle)

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