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How to parse a PL/SQL string into XML?

Can anybody tell me how to parse a PL/SQL statement in String into an XML object in Java?

Current I need to develop a GUI for PL/SQL syntax checking in my Java application before sending SQL to Oracle database engine.


Thanks in advance.

Thomas
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lawrieCommented:
Assumeing I understand your question correctly, I would suggest using JavaCC, which is a parser generator, and quite powerful. (Antlr is another Java based parser generator, but I don't know enough about that one)

You can get it freely at http://www.webgain.com/products/metamata/java_doc.html

A grammar for PL/SQL can be found at http://www.cobase.cs.ucla.edu/pub/javacc/

Hope this helps
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ThomasLiAuthor Commented:
I have seen that Oracle.xml.query.OracleXMLQuery class has a constructor which accepts a JDBC connection and a String query, I wonder to know when the connection is used? Can I use a null? How to pull back the string query in XML object?
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graf27Commented:
With OracleXMLQuery, you get any ResultSet as XML-String ! You cannot use a null as connection. You cannot pull back the string query in XML-Object, you get the Result of the Query as XML-String. I dont know how important it is in your application to do a own syntax-check programmatically. Let do the hard work your database. Send any statement to the database. If the statement is wrong or any other errors occur, you get ther right error-messages.
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ThomasLiAuthor Commented:
The problem is that I got some nonstandard queries for non-Oracle databases mixed with Oracle SQL in distributed query, I have to parse the query and dispatch subqueries into the right database engines. But I don't want to write a parser because it too time consuming. Anyway, if I can't pull out the parser from Oracle, I will use JavaCC, the parser generation tools, to generate one.



Thank you all for responses.
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