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Generate PDF from Oracle PL/SQL




The data source for data prepared in a dynamically created PDF document is usually a database, often an Oracle RDBMS. On the other hand, it is a general requirement to store the conditions under which the dynamic generation took place as well as the generated document. It is practical to store these data in a database as well, for easy access in the future. If both the source and target of the generated document is in the database then it is best to actually generate the document in the database also. If the database we are talking about is an Oracle database, then the best tool to use for the dynamic generation is the PL/SQL language because:

It is integrated with the Oracle database; therefore it is the safest, quickest and most efficient way of interacting with the database
It is a well-known language for anyone who works in an Oracle environment; therefore there is no need for developers to learn a new programming language
There is no need for a separate server (physical or virtual i.e. separate software); therefore the cost of hardware and operation is reduced. Also, because of the simplicity of the infrastructure, the risks are reduced.

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Last updated on December 15th, 2010

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