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ora_columntype — Gets the type of an Oracle result column.


string ora_columntype(cursor, column);
resource cursor: Cursor handle
int column: Column number


Column type; FALSE on error


Returns the field type of the specified column number. As with the column names, the column types are returned in uppercase. Column numbering starts at 0.


As of versions 3.0 and 4.0


Example 880. Display column types

// open a connection
if (!$db = @ora_logon("dev@ORCL","dev")) {
   $error = ora_error();
   printf("There was an error connecting. Error was: %s", $error);

// open a cursor
$curs = ora_open($db);

// check that SQL is OK
if (!@ora_parse($curs,"SELECT * FROM xphone_numbers")) {
   echo "Error in parse. Error was :", ora_error($curs);
} else {
   $ncols = ora_numcols($curs);

   echo "<table>\n";
   echo "<tr><th>Name</th><th>Type</th></tr>\n";

   // loop through the number of columns, returning the column type
   for ( $i = 0; $i < $ncols; $i++ ) {
      printf("<td>%s</td>", ora_columnname($curs,$i));
      printf("<td>%s</td>", ora_columntype($curs,$i));

// log off and disconnect

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