Re: how to write this sql?

> I don't understand the tendency to write everything inline.
> 
...
> 
> What is the fun of creating horrible, unintelligible SQL statements 
> intended to 
> do this little thing?
> 

I suspect it is tied to the performance hit encountered when using
stored functions in a SQL statement in older (v7) versions of Oracle.

Using a stored function in SQL then was a huge performance hit.

As of 8i (IIRC) that was no longer true.

Hard learned lessons die just as hard. 

Jared


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