Ruby-oci8 1.0.6 and 2.0.2

Ruby-oci8 1.0.6 and 2.0.2 are released. These are Oracle modules using
OCI8 API.

http://rubyforge.org/projects/ruby-oci8/

Ruby-oci8 1.0.6 is a latest stable release. The target ruby version
is 1.8. It doesn’t work with ruby 1.9.

Ruby-oci8 2.0.2 is an unstable release. It works on both ruby 1.8 and
1.9 and has usefull features compared with ruby-oci8 1.0.6.
Note: Active record oracle adapter doesn’t work with 2.0.2.
Use Active record oracle_enhanced adapter instead.
http://rubyforge.org/projects/oracle-enhanced

What’s new in 1.0.6.

  • fix a problem when compiling for Oracle 8.0.
    (reported by Axel Reinhold as a ruby-oci8 2.0 issue)

  • [dbi] fix to pass a newly added sanity check in dbi 0.4.1.
    (reported by Dirk H. as a ruby-oci8 2.0 issue)

  • [dbi] fix dbh#columns for Oracle 8.1 or lower.
    The data dictionary all_constraints doesn’t have index_name
    column on Oracle 8i. Rewrite DBI::DBD::OCI8::Database#columns
    by using all_cons_columns.
    (backport from ruby-oci8 trunk)

What’s new in 2.0.2.

  • add new methods

    • OCI8#select_one(sql, *bindvars) -> first_row

    • OCI8#ping -> true or false

      Verifies that the Oracle connection is alive.
      OCI8#ping also can be used to flush all the pending OCI
      client-side calls to the server if any exist.

    • OCI8#client_identifier = client_id

      Look at the following link to know what is the client identifier.
      http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/database-solutions/oracle-session-tracing-part-i-16356

      Note that the specified identifier doesn’t change the v$session
      immediately. It is done by the next network round trip
      such as OCI8#exec or OCI8#ping.

  • fix problems when compiling with Oracle 9.2 and 8.0.
    (reported by Axel Reinhold)

  • [dbi] fix to pass a newly added sanity check in dbi 0.4.1.
    (reported by Dirk H.)

  • fix an error when executing “select NULL from dual”.
    http://rubyforge.org/forum/forum.php?thread_id=32468&forum_id=1078
    (contributed by Raimonds Simanovskis)

  • [ruby 1.9] fix OCI8::BLOB to read/write binary. Prior to 2.0.1,
    it was treated as text tagged with NLS_LANG encoding.

  • [ruby 1.9] fix to bind string data by the length got from
    String#bytesize
    converted to OCI8.encoding, not by String#size.

I’m looking forward to trying this out!

I have a question though. I’ve noticed you have a few objects like
OraDate.
Why have something like OraDate when there’s objects like DateTime that
more
or less do the same thing?

James

Hi,

On Mon, May 18, 2009 at 6:06 AM, James H. [email protected]
wrote:

I’m looking forward to trying this out!

I have a question though. I’ve noticed you have a few objects like OraDate.
Why have something like OraDate when there’s objects like DateTime that more
or less do the same thing?

It is for a historical reason. I started to develop ruby-oci8 about 7
years ago.
DateTime wasn’t available at that time.
See: http://rubyforge.org/forum/forum.php?thread_id=2289&forum_id=1077

When fetching DATE, ruby-oci8 1.0 returns OraDate by default. You can
customize
it to return DateTime as follows:
OCI8::BindType::Mapping[OCI8::SQLT_DAT] = OCI8::BindType::DateTime

On the other hand, ruby-oci8 2.0 returns DateTime by default. OraDate is
also
available for backward compatibility by the following setting.
OCI8::BindType::Mapping[OCI8::SQLT_DAT] = OCI8::BindType::OraDate