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ocidefinebyname — Define a PHP variable to an Oracle column by name


int ocidefinebyname(stmt, name[, type]);
int stmt: Statement handler
string name: name explanation goes here
int type (optional): type explanation goes here


TRUE on success or FALSE on error


Fetches columns from a query into into variables defined in PHP. This can be very useful as it negates the use of using ociresult() to display field contents. Unlike a lot of other realtional database systems, Oracle upper-cases all field names which is often a trap for new players. Another common trap is that no error occurs if a column defined in ocidefinebyname() does not exist which can make debugging interesting. Using ociinternaldebug() can help though.

When attempting to bind an abstract datatype such as a BFILE, LOB or ROWID it must be allocated first using ocinewdescriptor() .


Since versions 3.0.7 and 4.0


Example 854. Display using defined columns

if (!$db = @ocinlogon("dev","dev", "ORCL")) {
    $error = ocierror();
    printf("CONNECT error: %s", $error["message"]);

if (!$stmt = @ociparse($db,"SELECT * FROM phone_numbers")) {
    $error = ocierror($db);
    printf("ociparse error: %s", $error["message"]);
} else {

    if (!@ociexecute($stmt)) {
        $error = ocierror($stmt);
        printf("OCIEXECUTE Failure. Error was: %s\n", $error["message"]);
    } else {
        while (ocifetch($stmt)) {
            echo "$name => $phone_number\n";

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