Every Oracle PL/SQL developer concerned about the performance impact of repeated if... then... else calls can use conditional compilation to scrub these calls from production code. And that's just the beginning.
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Oracle provides developers a simple API that enables them to interact with most Microsoft COM objects directly from PL/SQL. Learn how to install the COM option and tap into the functionality of pre-built COM components on your machine right now.