Re: JVM in the database

From: Ahmed <>
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:50:37 +0100
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A use case is when you want to list the content of an oracle directory. I think when you need to do some things at OS level, java is the best choice. Because java is platform-independent.

Ahmed Fikri

Am Mi., 11. Dez. 2019 um 16:06 Uhr schrieb Sayan Malakshinov <>:

> Hi Tim,
> Thanks for mentioning about OS commands, I've just remembered that i use
> internal Java to execute them with timeout parameter:
> ср, 11 дек. 2019 г., 17:51 Tim Hall <>:
>> Hi.
>> I suspect a lot of this comes down to one of the following:
>> - The functionality didn't exist outside of Java at the time the solution
>> was first required, and people have stuck with it.
>> - The Java version was faster at the time, for the specific use case.
>> - Familiarity. Someone can find an easy example in Java, so they just go
>> with it.
>> - PL/SQL feels static, when the world is moving.
>> Examples:
>> When I first started using Java Stored Procedures for BLOB exports there
>> was no alternative. The file handling stuff I wrote in Java was because
>> UTL_FILE couldn't do it. Even when more functionality was added, there are
>> still things that are a pain in PL/SQL, like listing the files in
>> directories. I know these can be done with the scheduler or external
>> tables, but it's a pain compared to using Java. Running OS commands from
>> PL/SQL was another use case. You can now used the scheduler, but for a long
>> time you couldn't, and I would still say they are more painful.
>> In one job we used UUIDs for the primary key in a bunch of tables. The
>> Java UUID generator was faster than SYS_GUID() at the time. Not sure if
>> that is still the case. We had some other maths stuff that was faster in
>> Java, but natively compiled PL/SQL was comparable, so we went that route.
>> Cheers
>> Tim...

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