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node_plsql v0.10.0

The Node.js PL/SQL Gateway for Oracle (nodejs, plsql)

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THIS PROJECT IS DEPRECATED

node_plsql is not maintained anymore and has been replaced by the new web_plsql project that implements a geneneric express middleware.

The Node.js PL/SQL Gateway for Oracle

The Node.js PL/SQL Server is a bridge between an Oracle database and a Node.js web server. It is an open-source alternative to mod_plsql, the Embedded PL/SQL Gateway and ORDS, allowing you to develop PL/SQL web applications using the PL/SQL Web Toolkit (OWA) and Oracle Application Express (Apex), and serve the content using a Node.js HTTP Server (express).

Please feel free to try and suggest any improvements. Your thoughts and ideas are most welcome.

Installation

Prerequisites

There are several prerequisites needed to both compile and run the Oracle database driver. Please visit the node-oracledb INSTALL.md page for more information.

Installing node_plsql locally

  • Prepare and install the prerequisites (Python, C++ compiler, Oracle, ...)
  • Setup the environment (set the needed environment variables)
  • Create and move to a new directory
  • Install node_plsql (npm install node_plsql)
  • The node_plsql client can be run using node_modules/.bin/node_plsql on MacOS/Linux or node_modules\.bin\node_plsql on Windows
  • Run node_plsql node_modules/.bin/node_plsql --init=sample.json to create a new sample configuration file.
  • Change the sample JSON configuration file (sample.json) as needed and especially make sure that the Oracle configuration information is correct.
  • Install the PL/SQL examples using SQL*Plus and running install.sql in the ./node_modules/node_plsql/demo directory while connected as a user with administrative privileges.
  • Run node_modules/.bin/node_plsql --config=sample.json to start the server.
  • Invoke a browser and open the page http://localhost:8999/demo/demo.pageIndex.

Installing node_plsql globally

  • Prepare and install the prerequisites (Python, C++ compiler, Oracle, ...)
  • Setup the environment (set the needed environment variables)
  • Create and move to a new directory
  • Install node_plsql (npm install node_plsql --global)
  • Use npm list --global to see if and where the node_plsql module has been installed
  • The node_plsql client can be run using node_plsql
  • Run node_plsql node_plsql --init=sample.json to create a new sample configuration file.
  • Change the sample JSON configuration file (sample.json) as needed and especially make sure that the Oracle configuration information is correct.
  • Install the PL/SQL examples using SQL*Plus and running install.sql from the sql directory (in the node_plsql module of the global npm repository) as user sys.
  • Run node_plsql --config=sample.json to start the server.
  • Invoke a browser and open the page http://localhost:8999/demo/demo.pageIndex.

Configuration

How does a mod_plsql DAD configuration compare to the node_plsql configuration file

<Location /pls/sample>
  SetHandler                    pls_handler
  Order                         deny,allow
  Allow                         from all
  PlsqlDatabaseUsername         scott
  PlsqlDatabasePassword         tiger
  PlsqlDatabaseConnectString    ORCL
  PlsqlAuthenticationMode       Basic
  PlsqlDefaultPage              demo.pageindex
  PlsqlDocumentTablename        doctable
  PlsqlErrorStyle               DebugStyle
  PlsqlNlsLanguage              AMERICAN_AMERICA.UTF8
</Location>
{
  "port": 8999,
  "static": [{
      "mountPath": "/",
      "physicalDirectory": "./static"
    }
  ],
  "requestLogging": true,
  },
  "services": [{
    "route": "sample",
    "defaultPage": "demo.pageindex",
    "authenticationMode": "anonymous",
    "databaseUsername": "scott",
    "databasePassword": "tiger",
    "databaseConnectString": "ORCL",
    "documentTableName": "doctable"
  }]
}

Documentation

This README is currently the only available documentation.

Missing features

Features in mod_plsql that are not yet available in node_plsql:

  • Support for APEX 5.
  • Default exclusion list.
  • Basic and custom authentication methods, based on the OWA_SEC package and custom packages.
  • Caching of PL/SQL-generated web pages, based on the OWA_CACHE package.
  • Override CGI environment variables in DAD configuration file.

Support matrix of mod_plsql configuration options:

Supported:

  • PlsqlAuthenticationMode -> authenticationMode
  • PlsqlDatabaseConnectString -> databaseConnectString
  • PlsqlDatabaseUserName -> databaseUsername
  • PlsqlDatabasePassword -> databasePassword
  • PlsqlDefaultPage -> defaultPage
  • PlsqlDocumentTablename -> documentTableName

Unsupported:

  • PlsqlDMSEnable -> no
  • PlsqlLogEnable -> no
  • PlsqlLogDirectory -> no
  • PlsqlIdleSessionCleanupInterval -> no
  • PlsqlAfterProcedure -> no
  • PlsqlAlwaysDescribeProcedure -> no
  • PlsqlBeforeProcedure -> no
  • PlsqlBindBucketLengths -> no
  • PlsqlBindBucketWidths -> no
  • PlsqlCGIEnvironmentList -> no
  • PlsqlCompatibilityMode -> no
  • PlsqlConnectionTimeout -> no
  • PlsqlConnectionValidation -> no
  • PlsqlDocumentPath -> not yet
  • PlsqlDocumentProcedure -> not yet
  • PlsqlErrorStyle -> no
  • PlsqlExclusionList -> not yet
  • PlsqlFetchBufferSize -> no
  • PlsqlInfoLogging -> no
  • PlsqlMaxRequestsPerSession -> no
  • PlsqlNLSLanguage -> not yet
  • PlsqlPathAlias -> not yet
  • PlsqlPathAliasProcedure -> not yet
  • PlsqlRequestValidationFunction -> not yet
  • PlsqlSessionCookieName -> no
  • PlsqlSessionStateManagement -> no
  • PlsqlTransferMode -> no
  • PlsqlUploadAsLongRaw -> no
  • PlsqlCacheCleanupTime -> no
  • PlsqlCacheDirectory -> no
  • PlsqlCacheEnable -> no
  • PlsqlCacheMaxAge -> no
  • PlsqlCacheMaxSize -> no
  • PlsqlCacheTotalSize -> no

Release History

See the changelog.

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