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Executing stored procedues in SQL Server 2000 fromOracle 8i

How do you execute stored procedures in SQL Server 2000 from Oracle 8i?
  ***Procedure SQL Server:
  CREATE PROCEDURE [scott].[GetDept]
          @dno INTEGER,
          @dname VARCHAR(14) OUTPUT
  ***Procedure Oracle 8i:
  v_output varchar(14);
  ret integer;
  ret := "scott"."GetDept"@GTWLINK( 10 , v_output);
  insert into LOCAL_GTW_DEPT values(10 , v_output);

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The trick is to wrap the stored procedure in a function. You can create a function which calls the stored procedure. The function might return a value indicating success or failure. Then issue a query that accesses that function, similar to:

SELECT * FROM proc_wrapped_fn@remotedb FROM dual;
If the function is in SQL Server and you want to access it from Oracle, then you will need to use Heterogeneous Services to access the SQL Server database through a database link, as if it were a remote Oracle database.

This was first published in July 2004

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