Thursday, February 18, 2010

Important Metadata tables for PL/SQL Develper

The following are some views a PL/SQL developer is most likely to find useful:
The dependencies to and from objects you own. This view is mostly used by Oracle to mark objects INVALID when necessary, and also by IDEs to display the dependency information in their object browsers.

The current set of errors for all stored objects you own. This view is accessed by the SHOW ERRORS SQL*Plus command, described in Chapter 2. You can, however, write your own queries against it as well.

The objects you own. You can, for instance, use this view to see if an object is marked INVALID, find all the packages that have “EMP” in their names, etc.

The size of the objects you own. Actually, this view will show you the source, parsed, and compile sizes for your code. Use it to identify the large programs in your environment, good candidates for pinning into the SGA.

(Introduced in Oracle Database 10g Release 1) Information about the characteristics of a PL/SQL object that can be modified through the ALTER and SET DDL commands, such as the optimization level, debug settings, and more.

(Introduced in Oracle9i Database Release 1) Information about stored programs, such as the AUTHID setting, whether the program was defined as DETERMINISTIC, and so on

The text source code for all objects you own (in Oracle9i Database and above, including database triggers and Java source). This is a very handy view, because you can run all sorts of analysis of the source code against it using SQL and, in particular, Oracle Text.

The database triggers you own, and any columns identified with the triggers. You can write programs against this view to enable or disable triggers for a particular table.

The arguments (parameters) in all the procedures and functions in your schema.

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