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Out parameter cast issue - C#

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Hi all,

Having an issue with an older application I am supporting. The data access is CSLA .Net and there is a line that updates a newly created entity id with the value from an out parameter. This is defined in the database as NUMERIC(10,0). The code looks like this:

OracleParameter opID = new OracleParameter("P_ID", OracleDbType.Int64);
//... do some stuff and save the new entity to the db
_id = (long)opID.Value;

This used to be fine on windows XP with version 9.x of ODP .Net. On a Windows 7 box with the latest version the cast fails and the return data type Decimal. This looks to me like a bug/weird behavior in the new version. Is there a workaround or something I can do to fix the issue without, preferably without changing my code?


Edited by: Matei on Apr 29, 2013 4:05 PM
  • 1. Re: Cast issue
    Tridus Journeyer
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    Can you post the stored procedure code or whatever function you're calling in the database that has how the OUT parameter is defined?
  • 2. Re: Cast issue
    1005328 Newbie
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    Yes for sure, thanks for the reply. Here are more details on the table schema and the proc that's being called. It's part of a package that does user related CRUD operations.

    ID     NUMBER(10,0)     No
    USERNAME     VARCHAR2(20 BYTE)     No

    PROCEDURE insert_by_pk (
    p_id OUT fact.users.ID%TYPE,
    p_first_name IN fact.users.first_name%TYPE,
    p_last_name IN fact.users.last_name%TYPE,
    p_home_phone IN fact.users.home_phone%TYPE,
    p_business_phone IN fact.users.business_phone%TYPE,
    p_mobile_phone IN fact.users.mobile_phone%TYPE,
    p_fax IN fact.users.fax%TYPE,
    p_email IN,
    p_internal IN fact.users.INTERNAL%TYPE,
    p_username IN fact.users.username%TYPE,
    p_password IN fact.users.password%TYPE,
    p_home_ext IN fact.users.home_ext%TYPE,
    p_business_ext IN fact.users.business_ext%TYPE,
    p_active          IN
    INSERT INTO fact.users
    (ID, first_name,
    last_name, home_phone, business_phone,
    mobile_phone, fax, email, internal,
    username, password, home_ext, business_ext, active,
    VALUES (FACT.users_seq.NEXTVAL, p_first_name,
    p_last_name, p_home_phone, p_business_phone,
    p_mobile_phone, p_fax, p_email, p_internal,
    LOWER(p_username), p_password, p_home_ext, p_business_ext, p_active,
                        (select sys_context('userenv','os_user') FROM DUAL),SYSDATE
    INTO p_id

    And for completeness the C# code. The line that fails is the second to last one where the cast happens: _id = (long)opID.Value;

    // we're not being deleted, so insert or update
                                  OracleParameter opID = new OracleParameter("P_ID", OracleDbType.Int64);

                                       // we're new so insert
                                       cm.CommandText = "FACT.users_pkg.insert_by_pk";
                                       opID.Direction = ParameterDirection.Output;
                                       // we're not new, so update
                                       cm.CommandText = "FACT.users_pkg.update_by_pk";
                                       opID.Direction = ParameterDirection.Input;
                                       cm.Parameters.Add("p_id", _id);

                                  cm.Parameters.Add("p_first_name", _firstName);
                                  cm.Parameters.Add("p_last_name", _lastName);
                                  cm.Parameters.Add("p_home_phone", _homePhone);
                                  cm.Parameters.Add("p_bus_phone", _busPhone);
                                  cm.Parameters.Add("p_mobile_phone", _mobilePhone);
                                  cm.Parameters.Add("p_fax", _fax);
                                  cm.Parameters.Add("p_email", _email);
                                  cm.Parameters.Add("p_internal", _internal ? "Y" : "N");
                                  cm.Parameters.Add("p_username", _username.ToLower());
                                  cm.Parameters.Add("p_password", "password");
                                  cm.Parameters.Add("p_home_ext", _homePhoneExt);
                                  cm.Parameters.Add("p_business_ext", _busPhoneExt);
                                  cm.Parameters.Add("p_active", _active ? "Y" : "N");


                                       // update ID with the oracle generated sequence
                                       _id = (long)opID.Value;

    Edited by: 1002325 on Apr 25, 2013 7:56 AM

    Edited by: 1002325 on Apr 25, 2013 7:57 AM
  • 3. Re: Cast issue
    Tridus Journeyer
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    That looks right to me, I'm not sure why that wouldn't bring back a long.

    Hopefully one of the Oracle guys can help you.
  • 4. Re: Cast issue
    1005328 Newbie
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    Thanks for checking it out! It looks good to me as well, which is why I am a little puzzled by what I'm seeing.
  • 5. Re: Cast issue
    1005328 Newbie
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    Has anyone seen anything like this? I've tried Convert.ToInt64() but that fails because the decimal value that comes back doesn't implement IConvertible. My last resort here is to convert to a string and then to an Int64 but that's pretty lame and I really shouldn't have to do this.

  • 6. Re: Out parameter cast issue - C#
    1005328 Newbie
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    See this thread here: ODP.NET changes to parameter types
    Further details what the issue is and there are a couple of quick fixes in there too.


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