Chapter 14

Introduction to UTL_HTTP

Bradley D. Brown

New built-in packages magically appear in each new “dot” release of the Oracle database. The power behind these packages often amazes me. For example, several versions ago, DBMS_JOBS, a cron-like (UNIX background process scheduler) package; DBMS_PIPES, a message-queuing package; and UTL_FILE, a text file reader–writer, were added to the built-in database packages. Each of these brought a new level of powerful features to users’ programming fingertips.

The UTL_HTTP package was added in version 7.3.3. Maybe it is just because my world tends to revolve around the Internet architecture and applications, but I was instantly compelled to review the documentation for this new built-in package, ...

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