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Using Oracle 11g functions in Microsoft Query Wizard in Excel 2010

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I'm trying to use the Oracle pipelined table() function in the microsoft query wizard but I'm getting the error, "Could not add the table..."

My query looks like this inside the Sql Statement prompt in the Microsoft query wizard:
Select * from table(MyData.SomeTable_Test('03/28/2013'));

Does the Oracle table function work in microsoft query wizard?  Some other Oracle functions like to_date works.

Thanks, PI
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by:PortletPaul
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mmmm, never used the ms query wizard, but there is a massive difference between an inbuilt language level scalar function like to_date and a user defined (pipelined?) table function. About the only thing in common is that the word function occurs when describing both, that does not make them equal.

Calling the table function most probably requires a schema owner prefix e.g.

select * from table(schemaowner.someTableFcn(....

so if 'MyData' in your example is the schema owner then that bit should be ok

Also table functions require "strongly typed" parameters, so if that '03/28/2013' is intended to be a date then make it into a date (as it stands it is a string of near meaningless 8 digits plus 2 separators)

select * from table(schemaowner.someTableFcn(to_date('2013-03-28','yyyy-mm-dd'));

might work

for more details on table functions

ps: <10% of the world uses mm/dd/yyyy as their typical date sequence, please don't assume software will immediately understand it.
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Unfortunately, using to_date() did not work.  However, I was able to install the Power Pivot Excel Plugin and I was able to use Select * from table(MyData.SomeTable_Test('03/28/2013'))  The good news is that the pipelined table() function works through power pivot, but the bad news is that now I can't figure out how to make the date a parameter. Almost there...
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>>table functions require "strongly typed" parameters

try this:

select * from table(MyData.SomeTable_Test(  (select to_date('03/28/2013','mm/dd/yyyy') from dual)  )) 

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It works but it's not perfect
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by:PortletPaul
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I would like to remind you that MM/DD/YYYY is NOT a universal standard

(in fact it is relatively rare, mostly used only in North America, ~<10% of the world pop)

'2013-03-28' may be better
it's possible that simply changing to YYYY-MM-DD will help.

(please) drop any preconceived notions about the "format" of dates

As you probably know, even in excel, a number can be formatted to date. Databases have their own special requirements regarding dates too. This is especially true of table functions in Oracle which require "strongly typed" parameters in my experience.

best of luck with this, Cheers, Paul.
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