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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Tuesday November 18, 2003
01:53 PM


[ #15846 ]

Got a situation where I prepare a DBI SQL statement handle, but when I execute it it fails saying I have a non-numeric value where it doesn't belong. However, when I substitute the variables directly into the statement and punch it into SQL plus, it works. Is there a way to tell the statement handle to print out what SQL text it thinks it's executing, complete with bound parameters?

Update: I figured out what I was doing wrong. I have a Time::Piece and I want to insert it into a date column in a table.

my $date = Time::Piece->new;
my $sql = qq{
my $sth = $dbh->prepare($sql);

However, I knew that wouldn't work directly (and I figured if it did I might get bit by conversions), so I wrote a little datequote routine that returns a string TO_DATE('2003-11-18 13:15:23', 'YYYY-MM-DD HH24:MI:SS'). Then I just


The datequote routine was supposed to be like DBI's quote routine, but turns out it doesn't work because I have to bind a value in to that question mark, not an Oracle expression. DBI is creating a statement like

('TO_DATE(''2003-11-18 13:17:00'', ''YYYY-MM-DD HH24:MI:SS'')')

... which is absolute rubbish.

Perhaps I should browse the DBI and DBD::Oracle docs to see if there's a way to handle this.

I wish all the DBDs would integrate with Time::Piece or whatever datetime module finally emerges.

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  • and look for ShowErrorStatement
  • Just put the TO_DATE stuff directly into your SQL statement and put the ? where the literal date is.
    • Yeah, that's what I finally did. Ideally I'd like to just hand DBI a Time::Piece and have it know what to do with it. :D And receive the same datatype back when I do a select.

      And I want a pony.

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers