ADO 2.5 to call Oracle Stored Procedures

Posted on 2000-03-28
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Last Modified: 2010-05-02

I'm not sure this is in the right category, but I'm trying to call stored procedures using MS ADO 2.5, which apparently it can do it with ease. This appears not to be the case. I know little nothing about Oracle, but have created a Package and a Procedure to return a Ref Cursor. This should be returned to the Visual Basic layer as a recordset. When I run the following code in VB, it always gives me an error on the 'Execute' line, saying that "invalid SQL". This can surely not be the case as the stored proc has been tested in Oracle.

The following is the VB code to call the stored proc:

Option Explicit

Private Const CONNECTION_STRING  As String = "Data Source=MSOSM3;Password = OSMO; User ID = OSMO"

Private mstrSQL As String
Private mcmdStoredProc As ADODB.Command
Private mrsReturn As ADODB.Recordset
Private mprmParameter  As ADODB.Parameter
Private mADOConnection As ADODB.Connection

Public Sub Init()

'Initialise ADO variables
Set mcmdStoredProc = New ADODB.Command
Set mrsReturn = New ADODB.Recordset
Set mprmParameter = New ADODB.Parameter
Set mADOConnection = New ADODB.Connection

'Set the connection string and connect
With mADOConnection
  .ConnectionString = CONNECTION_STRING
  .ConnectionTimeout = 10
End With

End Sub

Public Function getDivisions() As ADODB.Recordset

On Error GoTo ErrorHandler

mstrSQL = "NIKTEST.getDivisions"

With mcmdStoredProc
  .ActiveConnection = mADOConnection
  .CommandType = adCmdText
  .CommandText = mstrSQL
End With

'Set mrsReturn = mcmdStoredProc.Execute

Exit Function

  MsgBox Err.Description
  Resume Next

End Function


Can anyone let me know whether they've managed to get this particular method of calling stored procs to work with the new ADO 2.5, or maybe it just doesn't work (wouldn't surprise me!).
Thanks, Nik.
Question by:NikWhitfield
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ID: 2663405
what parameters are you passing to your stored procedure?

Author Comment

ID: 2663427
The stored procedure doesn't take any parameters, apart from the 'in out' ref cursor which is added implicitely by ADO, I believe.
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ID: 2663435
Change your

..CommandType = adCmdText


..CommandType = adCmdStoredProc
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Author Comment

ID: 2663437
By the way, I have tried it using a stored proc which does take some input, e.g. a varchar, but the result is always the same. If I change the name of the package and procedure in the code to something which doesn't exist, the same error occurs. This is strange, as it's almost as if it can't see the package / procedure, but this DB doesn't use synonyms. Hmmm.
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ID: 2663504
geez its late I didnt even see that
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Expert Comment

ID: 2663523
dont know if you just didnt include it in your snippet but you should also destroy the Command object when youre done:
Set mcmdStoredProc = Nothing


Author Comment

ID: 2663670
CommandType property - schoolboy stuff! Good one!
I also found the DSN was using the 1997 version of Microsoft ODBC for Oracle which didn't help.

OK. This question was for a fair few points, so a tiny extra bit of info and I'd be grateful.

When I get recordsets back, I can't get a recordcount back, no matter which cursor type I set the recordset to. I read somewhere that Oracle doesn't support it, but I've seen it done using ADO 2.1. Can it be done with 2.5?

Author Comment

ID: 2663769
It's OK, just need to set the .cursorlocation to aduseclient. Mighth have performance implications, but it'll do for now. Thanks for the help chaps / lasses.
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ID: 2663785
Not that it is conclusive, but I can't find anything that states the  RecordCount property with Oracle DBs will not work with ADO.

As to the ADO Cursor types that do support the RecordCount property, please read the following MSDN excerpt..

The cursor type of the Recordset object affects whether the number of records can be determined. The RecordCount property will return -1 for a forward-only cursor, the actual count for a static or keyset cursor, and either -1 or the actual count, depending on the data source, for a dynamic cursor.

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