3 Case Studies
The following case studies for Informix demonstrate some of the features of the Oracle Database Gateway. You can verify that the gateway is installed and operating correctly by using the demonstration files included on the distribution media.
The demonstration files are automatically copied to disk when the gateway is installed.
This chapter contains the following sections:
The cases illustrate:
A simple query (Case 1)
A more complex query (Case 2)
Joining Informix tables (Case 3)
Write capabilities (Case 4)
A data dictionary query (Case 5)
The pass-through feature (Case 6)
Distribution Media Contents
The distribution media contains the following:
One SQL script file that creates the demonstration tables in the Informix database
One SQL script file that drops the demonstration tables from the Informix database
After a successful gateway installation, use the demonstration files stored in the directory where is the directory under which the gateway is installed. The directory contains the following demonstration files:
|Demonstration Files||Demonstration Files|
The case studies assume these requirements have been met:
The gateway demonstration tables are installed in the Informix database
The Oracle database has an account named with a password of
The Oracle database has a database link called (set up as public or private to the user ) which connects the gateway to a Informix database as with password
For example, you can create the database link as follows:SQL> CREATE DATABASE LINK GTWLINK CONNECT TO SCOTT 2 IDENTIFIED BY TIGER2 USING 'GTWSID';
Oracle Net Services is configured correctly and running.
The Informix environment variable, , is set correctly.
Creating Demonstration Tables
The case studies are based on the , , and tables. If the demonstration tables have not been created in the Informix database, use the script to create them, as follows:
Set environment variable .
If you have the Bourne or Korn Shell, enter the following:$ DELIMIDENT = y; export DELIMIDENT
If you have the C Shell, enter the following:$ setenv DELIMIDENT y $ cd $ORACLE_HOME/dg4ifmx/demo$ dbaccess database_name bldifmx.sql
The script creates the demonstration tables in the Informix database accordingly:CREATE TABLE GTW_EMP ( EMPNO SMALLINT NOT NULL ENAME VARCHAR(10), JOB VARCHAR(9), MGR SMALLINT, HIREDATE DATETIME, SAL NUMERIC(7,2), COMM NUMERIC(7,2), DEPTNO SMALLINT) CREATE TABLE GTW_DEPT ( DEPTNO SMALLINT NOT NULL, DNAME VARCHAR(14), LOC VARCHAR(13)) CREATE TABLE GTW_SALGRADE ( GRADE MONEY, LOSAL NUMERIC(9,4), HISAL NUMERIC(9,4))
Demonstration Table Definitions
The following table definitions use information retrieved by the SQL*PLUS command:
GTW_EMPName Null? Type ------------------------------- -------- ---- EMPNO NOT NULL NUMBER(5) ENAME VARCHAR2(10) JOB VARCHAR2(9) MGR NUMBER(5) HIREDATE DATE SAL NUMBER(7,2) COMM NUMBER(7,2) DEPTNO NUMBER(5)
GTW_DEPTName Null? Type ------------------------------- -------- ---- DEPTNO NOT NULL NUMBER(5) DNAME VARCHAR2(14) LOC VARCHAR2(13)
GTW_SALGRADEName Null? Type ------------------------------- -------- ---- GRADE NUMBER(19,4) LOSAL NUMBER(9,4) HISAL NUMBER(9,4)
Demonstration Table Contents
The contents of the Informix tables are:
GTW_EMPEMPNO ENAME JOB MGR HIREDATE SAL COMM DEPTNO ----- ----- --- --- -------- --- ---- ------ 7369 SMITH CLERK 7902 17-DEC-80 800 20 7499 ALLEN SALESMAN 7698 20-FEB-81 1600 300 30 7521 WARD SALESMAN 7698 22-FEB-81 1250 500 30 7566 JONES MANAGER 7839 02-APR-81 2975 20 7654 MARTIN SALESMAN 7698 28-SEP-81 1250 1400 30 7698 BLAKE MANAGER 7839 01-MAY-81 2850 30 7782 CLARK MANAGER 7839 09-JUN-81 2450 10 7788 SCOTT ANALYST 7566 09-DEC-82 3000 20 7839 KING PRESIDENT 17-NOV-81 5000 10 7844 TURNER SALESMAN 7698 08-SEP-81 1500 0 30 7876 ADAMS CLERK 7788 12-JAN-83 1100 20 7900 JAMES CLERK 7698 03-DEC-81 950 30 7902 FORD ANALYST 7566 03-DEC-81 3000 20 7934 MILLER CLERK 7782 23-JAN-82 1300 10
GTW_DEPTDEPTNO DNAME LOC ----- -------------- -------- 10 ACCOUNTING NEW YORK 20 RESEARCH DALLAS 30 SALES CHICAGO 40 OPERATIONS BOSTON
GTW_SALGRADEGRADE LOSAL HISAL ------ ------ ----- 1 700 1200 2 1201 1400 3 1401 2000 4 2001 3000 5 3001 9999
Case 1: Simple Queries
Case 1 demonstrates the following:
A simple query.
A simple query retrieving full date information.
The first query retrieves all the data from and confirms that the gateway is working correctly. The second query retrieves all the data from including the time portion of the hire date because the default date format was set to for the session by an command.
Case 2: A More Complex Query
Case 2 demonstrates the following:
The functions and in the list.
The and clauses.
This query retrieves the departments from whose total monthly expenses are higher than .
Case 3: Joining Informix Tables
Case 3 demonstrates the following:
Joins between Informix tables.
The query retrieves information from three Informix tables and relates the employees to their department name and salary grade, but only for those employees earning more than the average salary.
Case 4: Write Capabilities
Case 4 is split into three cases and demonstrates the following:
Case 4a demonstrates bind values and subselect. All employees in department 20 and one employee, , in department 30 are deleted.
Case 4b provides an example of a simple statement. In this example, employees are given a a month salary increase.
Case 4c is an example of a simple insert statement that does not provide information for all columns.
Case 5: Data Dictionary Query
Case 5 demonstrates data dictionary mapping. It retrieves all the tables and views that exist in the Informix database that begin with "".
Case 6: The Pass-Through Feature
Case 6 demonstrates the gateway pass-through feature which allows an application to send commands or statements to Informix.
This case demonstrates:
A pass-through statement using bind variables
A pass-through statement
Case 6a provides an example of a pass-through statement with bind variables. In this example, the salary for is set to .
Case 6b provides an example of a pass-through statement. The data that is returned from the statement is inserted into a local table at the Oracle database.
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