there lately was an article, discussing a certain aspect of managing oracle on windows machines with shell scripting, called Redirecting dbv output to a file. this article is going to dive deeper into the scripting matter, especially contemplating an approach to control the execution of sqlplus-scripts, supervised by logic being embedded in the csript/jscript-interpreter of the windows scripting host (wsh).
sqlplus and scripting on windows – wsh and alternatives
the main problem of using sqlplus to feed the database with code and/or data is its inability to incorporate logic control. this is most notably true iff you have to manage more than one script, probably even branching or staging. sqlplus has variables, assignments, a lot of print formatting and so on but misses any concept of if-then-else and friends. you are obviously impelled to find some other, enclosing runtime environment to express your execution flow plans (and exception escapes ;-).
scripting on windows using the msdos-batch command set was always a nightmare, wsh did a lot better on 2003- and xp-systems and now we are told to have powershell (msh formely) with vista and 2008, also see Next sysdba credentials syntax for impdp with Windows PowerShell. i do not want to examine any pro/con of this evolution nor do i want to introduce alternatives in its facets on windows. to me, having a free choice, i would always and anywhere employ python. it does the daily tasks in an amazingly smart fashion, offering an easily adaptable solution for nearly every duty. however, customer admins may have another perspective or another affectation or may just dislike python.
to that end, iff you are looking for a reliable friend that will help you on with programming your sqlplus script execution on a multitude of windows environments, wsh will not be the worst choice. not to be unmentioned though, wsh development has been discontinued by microsoft. it is to be replaced by powershell somewhere in the future. the most widespread wsh version counts 5.6, with a bugfix update to 5.7 for the vista- and 2008-systems.