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Oracle Pro C

Can someone tell a (Windows Based) Visual Basic Programmer the basics about how to compile and run an Oracle Pro C program on a Compaq Unix machine. I keep hearing something about a "Makefile" and pathing out my header files.....I was told the compiler is installed and have a source code file (I didn't write it..)
As usual, Boss wants something quick, no time to read the manual..

and Yes, I am out of my element here,...to say the least..

I appreciate any help...Thank you.
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How does one compile a PRO*C program?
You can study the sample makefile provided by Oracle and construct your own, but it would probably be better to just use "make" to precompile and then compile your program in one step. Look at this Unix examples:

  make -f $ORACLE_HOME/precomp/demo/proc/proc.mk build EXE=myprog OBJS=myprog.o


  make -f $ORACLE_HOME/precomp/demo/proc/demo_proc.mk build EXE=myprog OBJS=myprog.o

NOTE: OBJS and EXE has to be entered in caps!!!

How can I tell Pro*C what directory my header files are in?
Is there some way to tell the Pro*C preprocessor to search other directories for include (*.h) files, similar to the C compiler switch "-I"? I am hoping to avoid having to change all of my #include statements...
As documented in the Pro*C manual (in the chapter called "Running the Precompiler") there is an INCLUDE flag that can be used for this. Look at this example:

  proc iname=inputfile.pc include=directory1 include=directory2...

What is an indicator variable and why should I use it?
Indicator variables are used to explicitly handle NULL values. When you SELECT or FETCH a NULL value into a host variable/array an "ORA-01405: fetched column values is NULL" run-time error will result.
This behaviour was introduced with Oracle7 when you recompiled your programs with the DBMS=V7 (the default) precompiler option.

One workaround for this is to use the NVL() function to prevent the selection of NULL values.


           INTO   :emp_name, :emp_sal, :emp_comm:comm_indicator
           FROM   emp;
  if (comm_indicator == -1)
      pay = emp_sal;
      pay = emp_sal + emp_comm;

How does one execute PL/SQL code from Pro*C?
Look at this example:
              dbms_application_info.set_client_info('My C Program with embedded PL/SQL');

Hope it helps!
GeekManAuthor Commented:
Thank you, sorry I took so long to accept....
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