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one to two pages in Oracle Magazine dedicated
Ramkumar (Ram) Jeyaraman
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I think the last block to run in the “Name
Those Blocks!” section of Steven Feuerstein’s
“Building with Blocks” article (March/April
2011, bit.ly/i9rSxd) has a typo. Steven asks us
to create the function hello_message, creates a
procedure (hello_place) that uses this function,
and then says:
I can also call the function from within a
SQL statement. In the following block, I
insert the message into a database table:
INSERT INTO message_table (message_
VALUES (SYSDATE, hello_place
I think that the hello_place procedure should
instead be the hello_message function, because
I don’t think a procedure will work here. (I get
INSERT INTO message_table (message_
VALUES (SYSDATE, hello_message
Either way, keep up the great articles!
Steven Feuerstein replies: Alan, many thanks
for pointing this out. Yes, you are right; the function must be called, not the procedure.
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