I've used oci8 databases in CodeIgniter applications in the past, but before I have never connected to a database in EE plugins I have written in the past.

I imagine I could use the database class to connect and query the oracle (oci8) database to return the data to the template.

I have always set up the database settings in the db config file of my CodeIgniter instance. I am unsure of what to do when trying to set the db connection within the plugin code. I need a push start. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

  • Is this an add-on that will only be used by you (or an internal team) or will it be distributed? My assumption is that it's just an internal thing. Commented Apr 18, 2013 at 14:14
  • Internal. I want to display data from an oracle database we have at work, to display on a EE powered webpage.
    – Brad
    Commented Apr 18, 2013 at 14:16
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    Hm, I just posted an answer but realized you were talking about 1.x where CodeIgniter isn't available to you. Have you used PHP's native OCI8 class? Commented Apr 18, 2013 at 14:22
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    Erik is right that in 1.x CodeIgniter isn't available. Although, if someone would like to have same in 2.x, can get a little guidance from sidd3.com/connecting-to-multiple-databases-in-expressionengine. I hope, it would help someone else looking for 2.x. Commented Apr 18, 2013 at 16:04
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    If the techniques discussed here worked for you it would be great if you or @ErikReagan could post them as an answer and then accept that answer.
    – AllInOne
    Commented May 3, 2013 at 17:51

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I have multiple functions in the plugin I created, but I'll just include one, for simplicity.

For usage in the template:

{exp:banner_courses:list_all_courses term_code="201340"}

This returns all courses within the term of 201340

You'll notice it calls a private function get_course_listing "$this->get_course_listing()", that retrieves all courses that relate to the subject. That isn't really important.

The meat and potatoes of getting yourself up and running with retrieving data from an oracle database is in the construct


$plugin_info = array();

class banner_courses {

  var $return_data;

  function __construct() {
    $this->db = '(DESCRIPTION=(ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=TCP)(HOST=host.name)(PORT=1521))(CONNECT_DATA=(SID=instance.name)))';
    $this->conn = oci_pconnect('username', 'password', $this->db);

  function list_all_courses()
    global $TMPL, $FNS;

    $term_code = ( ! $TMPL->fetch_param('term_code')) ? FALSE :  $TMPL->fetch_param('term_code');

            return $this->return_data = '';

        $subject_query = oci_parse($this->conn, "SELECT DISTINCT SUBJECT_DESC, SUBJ_CODE FROM szvcourses WHERE TERM_CODE = :term_code ORDER BY SUBJECT_DESC");

        oci_bind_by_name($subject_query, ":term_code", $term_code, 6);

        oci_fetch_all($subject_query, $subjects);

        $i = 0;
        $count = count($subjects['SUBJECT_DESC']);

        $course_listing = '';

        while($i < $count):
            $course_listing .= $this->get_course_listing($term_code, $subjects['SUBJ_CODE'][$i]);

        return $this->return_data = $course_listing;


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