C H A P T E R  6

Bulk SQL Operations

by Connor McDonald

This chapter is about the bulk SQL operations available in PL/SQL. Bulk operations in PL/SQL enable you to manipulate and process many rows at once, rather than one row at a time. In this chapter, you’ll learn about bulk fetching and bulk binding. Bulk fetching refers to the ability to retrieve a set of rows from the database into PL/SQL structures with a single call, rather than making a call to the database for each row to be retrieved. Bulk binding lets you perform the converse: to take those sets of rows stored in PL/SQL structures and save them to the database in an efficient manner.

You’ll see the tremendous performance benefits possible with bulk SQL operations. To achieve these ...

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