Plsql updating in cursor

WHERE CURRENT OF & FOR UPDATE The WHERE CURRENT OF clause is used in some UPDATE and DELETE statements.The WHERE CURRENT OF clause in an UPDATE or DELETE statement states that the most recent row fetched from the table should be updated or deleted.

I spend an inordinate proportion of design time of an ETL system worrying about the relative proportion of rows inserted vs updated.

I want to test on a level playing field and remove special factors that unfairly favour one method, so there are some rules: TEST (Update Source) - 100K rows TEST (Update target) - 10M rows Name Type Name Type ------------------------------ ------------ ------------------------------ ------------ PK NUMBER PK NUMBER FK NUMBER FK NUMBER FILL VARCHAR2(40) FILL VARCHAR2(40) Not many people code this way, but there are some Pro*C programmers out there who are used to Explicit Cursor Loops (OPEN, FETCH and CLOSE commands) and translate these techniques directly to PL/SQL.

In PL/SQL, you can refer to the most recent implicit cursor as the SQL cursor, which always has attributes such as %FOUND, %ISOPEN, %NOTFOUND, and %ROWCOUNT.

The SQL cursor has additional attributes, %BULK_ROWCOUNT and %BULK_EXCEPTIONS, designed for use with the FORALL statement.

Summary: in this tutorial, we will introduce you to PL/SQL cursor.