Thursday, April 06, 2006

PL/SQL + PDF = PL/PDF - PDF docs from PL/SQL programs!

I am, as most who read my books and my blog must know, quite obsessed with the Oracle PL/SQL langauge. So I am always on the lookout for new and amazing things peoplea re doing with PL/SQL. I recently came across...


"Generate dynamic PDF documents from data stored in Oracle databases using the PL/PDF program package. PL/PDF is written exclusively in PL/SQL. It is able to either store the generated PDF document in the database or provide the results directly to a browser using MOD_PLSQL. No third-party software is needed; PL/PDF only uses tools provided by the installation package of an Oracle Database (PL/SQL, MOD_PLSQL). Use PL/PDF to quickly and easily develop applications with dynamic content but also quality presentation and printing capabilities."

Sounds like fun! I have only played around with PL/PDF a little bit, but it looks like they have put together a very nice, clean API to the underlying functionality, making it extremely easy to use PL/PDF. To give you a sense of that, check out the explanation of their approach.

You can trial PL/PDF by downloading the software and specifying 'TRIAL' word as the certification key. Limitations: max. 5 pages, watermarked pages.

My compliments and best wishes to Laszlo Lokodi and others at PL/PDF for showing how useful and flexible PL/SQL can be!

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