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What Is a Cursor?

A cursor looks like a variable, but it is not a variable. A cursor looks like a procedure, but it is not a procedure. A cursor is a cursor. It is a logical representation of a resource connects to a set of data rows related to a DML statement. A cursor is consists of:

  • A DML statement with or without parameters.
  • A status to indicate whether it is connected or not.
  • A pointer to indicate the current row in the resource set.
  • A number of attributes about the cursor, like FOUND, NOTFOUND and ROWCOUNT.

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  1. What Is a Cursor?
  2. How Many Types of Cursors Supported in PL/SQL?
  3. What Is the Implicit Cursor?
  4. How To Use Attributes of the Implicit Cursor?
  5. How To Loop through Data Rows in the Implicit Curosr?
  6. How To Define an Explicit Cursor?
  7. How To Open and Close an Explicit Cursor?
  8. How To Retrieve Data from an Explicit Cursor?
  9. How To Retrieve Data from a Cursor to a RECORD?
  10. How To Use FETCH Statement in a Loop?
  11. How To Use an Explicit Cursor without OPEN Statements?
  12. Can Multiple Cursors Being Opened at the Same Time?
  13. How To Pass a Parameter to a Cursor?
  14. What Is a Cursor Variable?
  15. How To Define a Cursor Variable?
  16. How To Open a Cursor Variable?
  17. How To Loop through a Cursor Variable?
  18. How To Pass a Cursor Variable to a Procedure?
  19. Why Cursor Variables Are Easier to Use than Cursors?

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