Avoid Program Lock-up

Hi All,

I've got a small VB program which is executing some processes on an Oracle database. One of these processes is a PL/SQL procedure which takes some time to run. Unfortunately when I run this procedure the VB program will stop and wait for the procedure to complete - in essence the program will freeze until the Pl/SQL is completed. My question is how can I code my VB program so that it runs the PL/SQL but doesn't lock up so that I can either allow the user to do something else or show him the progress of the process? I had a look at mutli-threading but it looks too complex for my needs. I'd appreciate any help.

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KtoshniAsked:
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Connect With a Mentor Billing EngineerCommented:
OF course, you could implement an ActiveX Exe, which runs out-of-process. The PLSQL would block that Exe instead of yours, but still I always prefer to put all the large DB sql jobs completely into the database.

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bruintjeCommented:
Hi Ktoshni,

place a do events in the code before the processing line
starts

:O)Bruintje
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
bruintje:
the problem is the line where the code is called. It's not a loop, but a PLSQL program that takes some time, and control to the VB program is not released until completed.

Ktoshni:
Does you application need the results from this procedure back? If no, you could create some kind of job in Oracle, which you start from the VB application. This takes much less time, and won't freeze your application.
If you need some results, you could still use the above, but you would need to implement the PLSQL to report to some "result" table which your application would query from time to time to see the results (could also be used for displaying some progress in the application).

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KtoshniAuthor Commented:
Will this release control to the program? The PL/SQL takes about three hours to run!
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KtoshniAuthor Commented:
angelIII thanks for the comments. I have a 'process' table which allows me to monitor the progress of the PL/SQL. I'd liek to use dbms_job to run it on Oracle but my DBA says it may be unstable (I think it's just an excuse to avoidmore work on his part). We're using Oracle 8i
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bruintjeCommented:
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bruintjeCommented:
should refresh first still reading
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KtoshniAuthor Commented:
So All I need to do is a 'Do Events' call and then run my Pl/SQL procedure? The site you pointed out also mentions ActiveX applications. I've never created one of these. Should I try using this? Can I integrate it into a normal executable?
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
Your DBA might be correct when saying that it could be unstable, but when you place the correct error handling in place, it should be fine:
* in the process table, have (at least) the following fields:
  - Job     (to identify this row/job)
  - Action  (varchar2)
  - Status  (varchar2)
  - LastUpdate (datetime)
  - Error   (Boolean)
  - Completed (Boolean)
  Action and Status would tell you what the job is currently doing, and some additional info
  LastUpdate tells you when the job last updated this table. Mainly used to inform the user after some timeout to indicate that the job may be broken...
  Error indicates if the job completed when encountering an error which it could handle.
  Completed indicates if the job Completed. See for the Error column to check if it was successful.

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bruintjeCommented:
Ktoshni, AngelIII is right this can be better solved through controlled execution then background processing since you've got to implement decent error trapping also....i forgot to refresh on the thread before posting that link else i wouldn't posted it......

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KtoshniAuthor Commented:
So there's no way to do this through VB itself - the best option really is using DBMS_JOB?
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KtoshniAuthor Commented:
Thank you Angellll, I'll try using DBMS_JOB - hope I can convince my DBA though!!
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
If he is serious, he should be convincable.

Hint:
Try to make it a challenge for him, this should help.
Do as if you were a dump, so he can show you how great he is.
It's only a question of using his ego (if he has one)

Good luck

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