How to return records from Oracle table type using Ref Cursor

Hello, my code and question is below.  

(declared in my package header spec):

type t_inv_inquiry_table IS table of inv_inquiry_type;
TYPE test_tabtype IS REF CURSOR;

--I have the two types (t_inv_inquiry_table) and (inv_inquiry_type)
--set up correctly and in the procedure below, the table type gets filled up with data.
--so how can I assign the table type contents to the out ref cursor?
--and cycle through the ref cursor to see that data?

--this proc is in the package mentioned above.
procedure inv_inquiry3(in_sku in sku_master.sku%type, v_test_tabtype OUT test_tabtype) AS
 
-- Declare a local table structure and initialize it
-- a structure to hold a record and a type
-- that is a table of that record structure

    v_invtype t_inv_inquiry_table:= t_inv_inquiry_table();  
                                                       
    v_cnt     number := 0;
    v_rc1      sys_refcursor;
    v_rc2      sys_refcursor;
    v_rc3      sys_refcursor;
    v_rc4      sys_refcursor;
   
    v_sku   NUMBER(8);
    v_source   CHAR(3);
    v_quantity    NUMBER;
    v_status    VARCHAR2(8);

  begin
    v_rc1 := rmt_layer_inventory(in_sku);
    v_rc2 := rmt_row_pick_inventory(in_sku);
    v_rc3 := rmt_external_inventory(in_sku);
   
    loop
      fetch v_rc1 into v_sku, v_source, v_quantity, v_status;
      exit when v_rc1%NOTFOUND;
      v_invtype.extend;
      v_cnt := v_cnt + 1;
      v_invtype(v_cnt) := inv_inquiry_type(v_sku, v_source, v_quantity, v_status);
    end loop;
    close v_rc1;
   
    loop
      fetch v_rc2 into v_sku, v_source, v_quantity, v_status;
      exit when v_rc2%NOTFOUND;
      v_invtype.extend;
      v_cnt := v_cnt + 1;
      v_invtype(v_cnt) := inv_inquiry_type(v_sku, v_source, v_quantity, v_status);
    end loop;
    close v_rc2;
   
    loop
      fetch v_rc3 into v_sku, v_source, v_quantity, v_status;
      exit when v_rc3%NOTFOUND;
      v_invtype.extend;
      v_cnt := v_cnt + 1;
      v_invtype(v_cnt) := inv_inquiry_type(v_sku, v_source, v_quantity, v_status);
    end loop;
    close v_rc3;
   
  end;
claghornAsked:
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slightwv (䄆 Netminder)Connect With a Mentor Commented:
You can return whatever data type you want.

What I'm not sure how to do is turn a user defined PL/SQL table into a ref cursor.  My guess is if this need exists, there is a flaw in the basic design.

It all depends on what your requirements are, what is calling this procedure, the data types allowed, etc...


Check out the following:
https://forums.oracle.com/forums/thread.jspa?threadID=886365&tstart=0

At the bottom pay attention to:
In summary, the one key thing to remember is..

REF CURSORS ARE NOT DATA CONTAINERS. ONCE OPENED, THEY ARE SIMPLY A POINTER TO A QUERY THAT HAS YET TO FETCH DATA.
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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
>>table type contents to the out ref cursor

I see "v_test_tabtype OUT test_tabtype".  I don't see an out ref cursor.

Are you wanting to know how to assign v_invtype to v_test_tabtype?
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claghornAuthor Commented:
Yes to your question. That is what I want to do. I thought the out ref cursor was in the procedure signature. Is there a better way to allow a client app to call the procedure passing in a sku and receive a ref cursor that point to the data?
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claghornAuthor Commented:
I have read the forum link. Thanks.
And you answered my question with "What I'm not sure how to do is turn a user defined PL/SQL table into a ref cursor." I guess this was a bad idea:-).
Trouble is I can't put this query together in one sql statement.
I have to arrange the data in a structure of some kind.
My requirements are to return a ref cursor to the calling app which is a .NET SOAP Web service
I read this is the best way to pass data back to a client app like this.
Can you suggest a better way?
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slightwv (䄆 Netminder)Connect With a Mentor Commented:
>>Can you suggest a better way?

XML?  Since the SOAP call will eventually need to turn whatever you provide into XML, why not give it XML?
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claghornAuthor Commented:
Ok, Thanks for your help. I'll try the XML or maybe create an actual Oracle table and create a standalone Oracle function to populate it and then read from it using something like the example cited in your link.
ie:
SQL> create or replace function get_dept_emps(p_deptno in number) return sys_refcursor is
  2    v_rc sys_refcursor;
  3  begin
  4    open v_rc for 'select empno, ename, mgr, sal from emp where deptno = :deptno' using p_deptno;
  5    return v_rc;
  6  end;
  7  /
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