Pre-Update and Pre-Insert Trigger Examples For Oracle Forms

See also: Why And When To Use Pre-Update and Pre-Insert Triggers In Oracle Forms

Pre-Update Fires during the Post and Commit Transactions process, before a row is updated in Oracle Forms. It fires once for each record that is marked for update.

The following example writes a row into an Audit Table showing old discount and new discount for a
given customer, including timestamp and username making the change.

old_discount NUMBER;
new_discount NUMBER := :Customer.Discount_Pct;
oper_desc VARCHAR2(80);
CURSOR old_value IS SELECT discount_pct FROM customer
WHERE CustId = :Customer.CustId;
Fetch the old value of discount percentage from the database by CustomerId. We need to do this since the  value of :Customer.Discount_Pct will be the new value we’re getting ready to commit and we want to record for posterity the old and new values. We could use SELECT...INTO but choose an explicit cursor for efficiency.
OPEN old_value;
FETCH old_value INTO old_discount;
CLOSE old_value;
/*  If the old and current values are different, then we need to write out an audit record */
IF old_discount <> new_discount THEN
/* Construct a string that shows the operation of Changing the old value to the new value. e.g.’Changed Discount from 13.5% to 20%’
oper_desc := ’Changed Discount from ’||
TO_CHAR(old_discount)||’% to ’||
Insert the audit record with timestamp and user
INSERT INTO cust_audit( custid, operation, username, timestamp )
VALUES ( :Customer.CustId,oper_desc,USER,SYSDATE );

Pre-Insert trigger

Pre-Insert Fires during the Post and Commit Transactions process, before a row is inserted. It fires once for each record that is marked for insert.

This example assigns a primary key field based on a sequence number, and then writes a row into an
auditing table, flagging creation of a new order.

CURSOR next_ord IS SELECT orderid_seq.NEXTVAL FROM dual;
/* Fetch the next sequence number from the explicit cursor directly into the item in the Order record. Could use SELECT...INTO, but explicit cursor is more efficient. */
OPEN next_ord;
FETCH next_ord INTO :Order.OrderId;
CLOSE next_ord;
Make sure we populated a new order id ok...
IF :Order.OrderId IS NULL THEN
Message(’Error Generating Next Order Id’);
RAISE Form_trigger_Failure;
Insert a row into the audit table
INSERT INTO ord_audit( orderid, operation, username, timestamp)
VALUES ( :Order.OrderId,’New Order’,USER, SYSDATE );
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Mar 24


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