Application Named Variables Returning ORA-01008: not all variables bound

Hi all,
I saw it a long time ago and last week I was involved in a discussion for this same error. So, this deserve a post for future reference. 🙂

Imagine the situation: You are building an application or a module to perform queries on database. You want to use variables in the query and fill the values using text fields on application. Sounds easy and works fine for SQLServer and others, but Oracle database is returning:

ORA-01008: not all variables bound

What to do?

Fist let’s clear the issue: this is not related to database layer or oracle interpreter/parser. This error happens when a bind variable being used on SQL have no value. The official reasoning is:

Cause: A SQL statement containing substitution variables was executed without all variables bound. All substitution variables must have a substituted value before the SQL statement is executed.

In my case ODP.Net with C# (but apply to other languages). Interesting fact:
“ODP.Net provider from oracle uses bind by position as default. To change the behavior to bind by name, set property BindByName to true.”

This means Oracle may be waiting for “:1”, “:2” as bind variables and this can also not being set correctly by application.
In this case, please try to set BindByName to true in application code for Oracle command. Example below:

using(OracleCommand cmd = con.CreateCommand()) {
    ...
    cmd.BindByName = true;
    ...
}

Now, try again. 🙂

Hope this helps you!
Cheers!

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