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PL/Sql Interview Questions Part 3

1. What are some predefined exceptions in PL/SQL?

A list of predefined exceptions in PL/SQL:

  • etc.


2. What is a trigger in PL/SQL?


  • A trigger is a PL/SQL program which is stored in the database.
  • It is executed immediately before or after the execution of INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE commands.




3. What is the maximum number of triggers, you can apply on a single table?


12 triggers.




4. How many types of triggers exist in PL/SQL?


There are 12 types of triggers in PL/SQL that contains the combination of BEFORE, AFTER, ROW, TABLE, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE and ALL keywords.




5. What is the difference between execution of triggers and stored procedures?


  • A trigger is automatically executed without any action required by the user, while a stored procedure is explicitly invoked by the user.



6. What happens when a trigger is associated to a view?


  • When a trigger is associated to a view, the base table triggers are normally enabled.




7. What is the usage of WHEN clause in trigger?


  • A WHEN clause specifies the condition that must be true for the trigger to be triggered.



8. How to disable a trigger name update_salary?


  • ALTER TRIGGER update_salary DISABLE;




9. Which command is used to delete a trigger?


  • DROP TRIGGER command.



10. what are the two virtual tables available at the time of database trigger execution?


Table columns are referred as THEN.column_name and NOW.column_name.

  • For INSERT related triggers, NOW.column_name values are available only.
  • For DELETE related triggers, THEN.column_name values are available only.
  • For UPDATE related triggers, both Table columns are available.



11. What is stored Procedure?


A stored procedure is a sequence of statement or a named PL/SQL block which performs one or more specific functions.

  • It is similar to a procedure in other programming languages.
  • It is stored in the database and can be repeatedly executed.
  • It is stored as schema object.
  • It can be nested, invoked and parameterized.



12. What are the different schemas objects that can be created using PL/SQL?


  • Stored procedures and functions
  • Packages
  • Triggers
  • Cursors



13. What do you know by PL/SQL Cursors?


  • Oracle uses workspaces to execute the SQL commands.
  • When Oracle processes a SQL command, it opens an area in the memory called Private SQL Area.
  • This area is identified by the cursor.
  • It allows programmers to name this area and access it’s information.




14. What is the difference between the implicit and explicit cursors?


  • Implicit cursor is implicitly declared by Oracle.
  • This is a cursor to all the DDL and DML commands that return only one row.
  • Explicit cursor is created for queries returning multiple rows.



15. What will you get by the cursor attribute SQL%ROWCOUNT?


  • The cursor attribute SQL%ROWCOUNT will return the number of rows that are processed by a SQL statement.




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