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Writing Queries that use DEREF in Oracle

DEREF syntax

DEREF returns the object instance that the REF value points to. This is more easily explained with a simple example. In this case, DEREF is passed the REF value for the correlation ID of the inventory_tbl:

SELECT DEREF(REF(i))
FROM inventory_tbl i
WHERE item_id = 1;

The object instance associated with the REF value of item_id 1 is returned:
DEREF(REF(I))(ITEM_ID, NUM_IN_STOCK, REORDER_STATUS, PRICE(DISCOUNT_RA
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INVENTORY_OBJ(1, 10, 'IN STOCK', DISCOUNT_PRICE_OBJ(.1, 75))

DEREF is an operator that dereferences a reference. DEREF accepts a correlation argument, which is the reference (REF) to an object, and returns the reference object.
  1. DEREF is an operator that dereferences a reference.
  2. DEREF returns the reference object.
  3. DEREF accepts a correlation argument, which is the reference (REF) to an object

Syntax for using the DEREF operator is as follows
SELECT DEREF(object_reference)
FROM object_table_name
WHERE column_name=<variable_value>

When the REF argument is passed to the DEREF operator, it returns the object.
In this example, we use the DEREF operator to return the object from PET_CARE_LOG_OBJ_TABLE:
SELECT DEREF (product_id)
FROM pet_care_log_obj_table
WHERE log_datetime>=TO_DATE('01/02/2000', 'MM/DD/YY');