How-To: Populate PL/SQL Collections in ADF Code

People tend to write lot of business logic in PL/SQL when there is lot of data to manipulate with or to improve the performance. When PL/SQL collections are the best way to accept multiple records as input and return the response.

This post shows the sample code to call a PL/SQL API accepting PL/SQL table from an ADF application module.

PL/SQL Objects:

    employee_id     NUMBER(18),
    first_name      VARCHAR2(30),
    last_name       VARCHAR2(30),
    middle_name     VARCHAR2(30),
    employee_type   VARCHAR2(30),
    location        VARCHAR2(30),
    addr_line1      VARCHAR2(30),
    addr_line2      VARCHAR2(30),
    addr_line3      VARCHAR2(30)
    city            VARCHAR2(30)

CREATE OR REPLACE TYPE emp_tbl_type AS TABLE OF emp_record;

   PROCEDURE validate_emp_records (
      emp_rec_list        IN OUT NOCOPY emp_tbl_type,
      validation_status OUT NOCOPY VARCHAR2     
END emp_ddl_package;

  PROCEDURE validate_emp_records(
      emp_rec_list IN OUT NOCOPY emp_tbl_type,
      validation_status OUT NOCOPY VARCHAR2
          — do the coding here
  END validate_emp_records;
END emp_ddl_package;


Sample Code of Java Method in Application Module:

Following is the typical piece of code that can be used in ADF application module to call the PL/SQL API:

public List<EmpVORowImpl> validateEmployees(List<EmpVORowImpl> empList) throws Exception {
  OracleCallableStatement stmt = null;
  ArrayList<EmpVORowImpl> empRespList = null;

  if (empList != null && empList.size() > 0) {
         empRespList = new ArrayList<EmpVORowImpl>();

    try {
      // Call the pl/sql API to determine invoice status
      String sql = 
"begin emp_ddl_package.validate_emp_records(emp_rec_list=>:1,validation_status=>:2); end;";

      stmt =
ArrayList<STRUCT> inputEmpList  = new ArrayList<STRUCT>();

StructDescriptor structDescriptor = StructDescriptor.createDescriptor(“EMP_REC_TYPE”,stmt.getConnection());

  for (int i = 0; i < empList.size(); i++) {
        EmpVORowImpl empRow = empList.get(i);
        Object[] o =
          new Object[] { empRow.getEmployeeId(), empRow.getFirstName(),
                         empRow.getLastName(), empRow.getMiddleName(),
                         empRow.getEmployeeType(), empRow.getLocation(),
                         empRow.getAddrLine1(), empRow.getAddrLine2(),
                         empRow.getAddrLine3(), empRow.getCity() };

        STRUCT empRowStruct = new STRUCT(structDescriptor,stmt.getConnection(), o); 


      ArrayDescriptor empArray =
      ARRAY empArrayTbl =
        new ARRAY(empArray, stmt.getConnection(), inputEmpList.toArray());

      stmt.registerOutParameter(1, OracleTypes.ARRAY, "EMP_TBL_TYPE");
      stmt.setARRAY(1, empArrayTbl);
      stmt.registerOutParameter(2, OracleTypes.VARCHAR, 0, 1);

      //get the output table from pl/sql API and return
      Array outputArray = stmt.getArray(1);
      String returnStatus = stmt.getString(2);

      if (returnStatus != null && "Success".equals(returnStatus) &&
          outputArray != null) {
        ResultSet rs = outputArray.getResultSet();
        EmpVORowImpl tempRow;

        while (rs != null && {
          Struct empRespStruct = (Struct)rs.getObject(2);
          Object[] empAttributes = empRespStruct.getAttributes();

          if (empAttributes != null) {
            tempRow = (EmpVORowImpl)getEmpVO().createRow();
          tempRow.setAttributeValues(Arrays.asList(tempRow.getAttributeNames()), Arrays.asList(empAttributes));
    } catch (SQLException sqlex) {
      throw new Exception("sql exception");
    } catch (Exception ex) {
      throw new Exception("exception");
    } finally {
      try {
      } catch (SQLException sqlex) {
        throw new Exception("sql exception");

  return empRespList;


3 Responses to “How-To: Populate PL/SQL Collections in ADF Code”

  1. 1 Anonymous April 23, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Very nice. Thanks for the details.
    The code below is written in the managed bean on a button ‘Process’. The “ToMove” is a check box (transient) attribute on the ADF table. I would like to pass only few of the attributes from the selected rows to a plsql stored procedure as a plsql table of records. Exactly opposite to what you have explained in this blog. Can you pl suggest a best way to do this?
    package oracle.summit.selfservice.view;

    import javax.faces.event.ActionEvent;
    import oracle.adf.model.BindingContext;
    import oracle.adf.model.binding.DCBindingContainer;
    import oracle.adf.model.binding.DCIteratorBinding;
    import oracle.jbo.Row;
    import oracle.jbo.ViewObject;

    public class ProcessSelectedBean {
    public ProcessSelectedBean() {

    public DCBindingContainer getDCBindingsContainer () {
    DCBindingContainer bindingsContainer =

    return bindingsContainer;

    public void ProcessSelectedMtd(ActionEvent actionEvent) {
    // Add event code here…
    DCBindingContainer bindings = this.getDCBindingsContainer();
    DCIteratorBinding iterBinding = bindings.findIteratorBinding(“EqptMovementHist2Iterator”);

    ViewObject vo = iterBinding.getViewObject();
    Row[] selectedAssetRows = vo.getFilteredRows(“ToMove”, true);
    System.out.println(“No of assets selected: “+selectedAssetRows.length);
    System.out.println(“MoveGrpID ## AssetNum ## AssetGroup”);

    for (Row row : selectedAssetRows) {
    System.out.println(row.getAttribute(“MoveGroupId”)+” ## “+row.getAttribute(“AssetSerialNumber”)+” ## “+row.getAttribute(“AssetGroup”));

    // Code snippet to refresh the ADF table


    Look forward to your help.

    • 2 svgonugu April 23, 2015 at 8:29 PM

      Is not possible to create pl/sql table as explained in this blog with the columns that you require? And i hope that you are planning to write the code in AM.

      • 3 Anonymous April 23, 2015 at 10:29 PM

        Thanks Shiva. So how else can I pass the entire selected row sets as PLSQL table to a call to stored procedure? The stored procedure can be modified to accept all the attribute values of the rowset in a PLSQL table. I am novice at Java but expert at PLSQL.
        Thank you for your time.

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