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Verifying date columns, sending e-mail with PL/SQL

I need to verify a date column, and if it matches, send an e-mail to my manager with some text in the mail... Can...

I do it using PL/SQL?

Yes, you can do this. But you'll definitely need PL/SQL and the UTL_SMTP package. Hopefully, the following sample program will give you an idea of what you need to do:

DECLARE
   col_date DATE;
   mailhost VARCHAR2(30):='mailhost.mydomain.com';
   mail_conn  utl_smtp.connection;
BEGIN
   SELECT date_column INTO col_date FROM tableX;
   IF (col_date < TO_DATE('01/01/02','MM/DD/YY')) THEN
      mail_conn := utl_smtp.open_connection(mailhost,
25);
      utl_smtp.helo(mail_conn, mailhost);
      utl_smtp.mail(mail_conn, sender);
      utl_smtp.rcpt(mail_conn, recipient);
      utl_smtp.data(mail_conn, message);
      utl_smtp.quit(mail_conn);
   END IF;
END;
You'll have to supply values sender, recipient and message, which I've ommitted. The Oracle docs on the UTL_SMTP package give you much more detail!

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