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Lesson 05

"A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration." Kurt Lewin (1890 - 1947)


Read first then play the video:

   PLS-VIDEO -Cursor Parameter

Cursor Parameter


Hand-On Introduction

In this Hands-On, you use the "test_for_loop2" file from the previous Hands-On. Then modify the PL/SQL block that the cursor only calculates the department statistics for a specific department. For example the department number 10. Save the file in the iself directory as "test_for_loop3."


Go to "MS-DOS." Change directory to the iself directory. And login to "SQLPLUS" as "iself/schooling." Open the notepad editor. Open the "test_for_loop2" file from the iself directory.


In the declaration section, modify the cursor to use a cursor parameter to pass the department number as an input parameter. Add a WHERE clause condition to query only the input parameter. Declare the department number variable.


Defining parameter in a PL/SQL cursor

In the execution section, assign number 10 to the department number variable. Modify the FOR LOOP statement to pass the department number as an input parameter.





    -- define department statistics

    cursor c_ds (p_deptno dept.deptno%TYPE) is

        select dname, count (*) ttemp,

                    sum(sal) ttsal, avg(sal) avsal

            from dept d, emp e

            where d.deptno = e.deptno

                and d.deptno = p_deptno

            group by dname;


    -- define deptno variable

    v_deptno NUMBER(2);



    -- assign deptno 10

    v_deptno := 10;


    -- loop to read cursor record.

    for v_ds in c_ds (v_deptno) loop


        -- insert into dept_stat

        insert into dept_stat

            values (v_ds.dname, v_ds.ttemp,

            v_ds.ttsal, v_ds.avsal);


    end loop;


    -- save the insert transaction.





Save a PL/SQL block

Save the file in the iself directory as "test_for_loop3".


Run a PL/SQL block

Go to "sqlplus." Query the department statistics table. Then truncate the dept_stat table in the case there are records in the table.

SQL> truncate table dept_stat;


Check the output

Query the dept_stat table again.

SQL> select * from dept_stat;

No data!


Run the file.

SQL> @test_for_loop3


Query the dept_stat table.

SQL> select * from dept_stat;

Now, you see the result here!


"Eighty percent of success is showing up." Woody Allen



Q: What is the cursor parameter in the PL/SQL language?
Q: Where do you define a cursor parameter in the PL/SQL language?

Q: Write a PL/SQL block to populate the department table statistics into the "dept_stat" table for a specific department.

Statistics Information:

The Department Number,

The total number of employees in each department,

The total salary paid in each department, and

The average salary paid in each department.