Oracle and Hibernate = annoyances

Spent most of the day working on what should have been an easy problem. From my current Java applaication I needed to call an Oracle Stored Procedure.

After a bit of digging I found that under Hibernate things aren’t as simple as they might seem – because you can’t just call any stored procedure – it has to be one that returns a result set.

Frome the Hibernate docs:

“For Oracle the following rules apply: A function must return a result set. The first parameter of a procedure must be an OUT that returns a result set. This is done by using a SYS_REFCURSOR type in Oracle 9 or 10. In Oracle you need to define a REF CURSOR type. See Oracle literature for further information.”

Spent rather longer than I wanted to trying to shoehorn the SP into a structure that would return a result set, but in the end went back and rewrote the Java to use the underlying session via:

CallableStatement statement = session.connection().prepareCall(…);

The code to pick up the SP definition from the hibernate XML still seems clunky, in that at present I have to retrieve it as a query extract the SQL and then create a callable statement.

For the moment I’ll ignore the fact that connection is deprecated in Hibernate until they provide me something better.

Now that I know what the problem is there are some more elegant looking routes to the same point on Stack Overflow. Another item for the polishing list once I get all the core functionality working and tested.

Another further annoyance was down to my own stupiditiy – because my Stored Proc returned a value it had been written in Oracle as a Function rather than a Procedure. Much head scratching – Oracle was telling me it didn’t exist but in SQL Plus DESCRIBE was showing it as plain as day. I could call it through TOAD from my workspace but not directly or from J2EE

A salutory lesson in reading the info in front of me – Doh!


East Lothian dad. Likes bad jokes and comic songs. Mostly tired, tries to stay cheerful. Thinks space is awesome. Would like to write more code and better docs.

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