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Abstracting Oracle Connectivity with PHP/OCI8

In this article Lorenzo explains a neat utility to simplify connecting to an Oracle database using PHP/OCI8. This is sure to make DB operations between PHP and Oracle much easier and faster.

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By: Dante Lorenso
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January 08, 2003
  1. · Abstracting Oracle Connectivity with PHP/OCI8
  2. · Oracle How-To The Hard Way
  3. · Wrapping it up into a PHP Class
  4. · How Do I Use This?
  5. · Those Pretty OCIBindByName Arguments
  6. · Switching Between Development, QA and Production Environments
  7. · Conclusion

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Abstracting Oracle Connectivity with PHP/OCI8 - How Do I Use This?
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Let's say your have a PL/SQL stored procedure in oracle that fetches a mailing address by reading in two IN varchar values and returns 4 OUT varchar2 values.

Your procedure is defined as follows:

PROCEDURE get_mailing_addr
in_comp_code IN VARCHAR2,
in_cust_code IN VARCHAR2,
zipcode OUT VARCHAR2

We can write PHP code that will act as a wrapper for this PL/SQL procedure. The PHP code will connect to the database, send it's IN variables, and fetch the OUT variables into bound PHP variables. We'll ensure that all those OUT variables are stored in a PHP array and returned to the calling function. The PHP function will be defined as follows:

* Return Array containing "LINE1", "LINE2", "CSZ", and "ZIPCODE" as keys
* upon success.
* Returns false if database error.
function get_mailing_addr ($comp_code, $cust_code) { ... }

Now, here's what our PHP function body will look like...

* Return Array containing "LINE1", "LINE2", "CSZ", and "ZIPCODE" as keys
* upon success.
* Returns false if database error.
function get_mailing_addr ($comp_code, $cust_code)

// build the query we'll be sending in...
$sql = sprintf("
get_mailing_addr (

// Set up our Bind args...
$bargs = array();
array_push($bargs, array("IN_COMP_CODE", $comp_code, -1));
array_push($bargs, array("IN_PREM_CODE", $cust_code, -1));
array_push($bargs, array("LINE1", "", 64));
array_push($bargs, array("LINE2", "", 64));
array_push($bargs, array("CSZ", "", 128));
array_push($bargs, array("ZIPCODE", "", 32));

// run the query...
$stmt = $this->query("DBXYZ", $sql, $bargs);
if (!$stmt) return(false);

// tidy up Line3 into CITY and STATE

// return the bargs results...

Where the Magic Happened
In case you missed it, the magic happened in the one line where it reads:

// run the query...
$stmt = $this->query("DBXYZ", $sql, $bargs);
if (! $stmt) return(false);

You'll notice that that line called '$this->query'. Yes, that's right. The 'get_mailing_addr' function is inside another class which EXTENDS OCI8Hook! In fact, this is probably the easiest way to get this connectivity.

Any time you want to create a library of PHP calls which WRAP some Oracle calls, just build a class to encapsulate all the functions into a single location, and make that class extend OCI8Hook.

Suddenly you can build and run Oracle queries by simply recreating these functions. The connect, logon, bind, parse, and execute pieces of the queries are all handled for you.
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