2017-01-11 19:57 GMT+01:00 Joshua D. Drake <j...@commandprompt.com>:

> -hackers,
> I know we have talked about this before but today it was impressed upon me
> rather firmly. I presented a Webinar: Postgres for Oracle People. The
> attendees were 90% pl/pgsql developers. 330 people registered for an event
> that was only allowed to host 100 people. The webinar went on for 2 hours.
> (it was only scheduled for one hour, that is how interactive it was)
> By far the tagline of this webinar from attendees was, "We can not port
> without packages"
> So this is a reality. If we want tried and true Oracle developers to port
> to PostgreSQL, we must provide some level of package capability.
> There are some that would say we don't need them. You are right, we don't
> need them. We should however want them if we want to continue to stomp
> through the business sector and continue growth.

We have a schemas instead - the PostgreSQL schema is close to Oracle

What we cannot to substitute are package variables, now - see my proposal
for session variables.

Now I am working on migration some large Oracle project - I see more
significant issues

1. no good tools - ora2pg do lot of work, but the PL/SQL -> PL/pgSQL
migration support is basic
2. some things in Postgres are different - boolean type, enum types, date
type, OUT parameters ..
3. some things are really different - NULL versus empty string
4. there are not good tools for postprocessing PL/pgSQL beautifier
(formatter), SQL formatter
5. The developers still using Oracle outer joins - there are not 100%
automatic migration
6. missing some common patterns for deployment, tests for really big set of

Now I work on migration about 500K rows - and it is terrible work. It is 20
years old project - lot of code is not clean, It is hard to migrate, it is
hard to clean. Sure, there is not one line of tests.

If we miss some, then it is modern robust tool for migration - big thanks
to ora2pg maintainers and developers - without it, there is nothing free.



> I use this post to inspire conversation on how we can get this done.
> Sincerely,
> JD
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