I have a web application where users enter arbitrary sql queries for later batch processing. We want to validate the syntax of the query without actually executing it. Some of the queries will take a long time, which is why we don't want to execute them. I'm using Oracle's dbms_sql.parse to do this.
However, I now have a situation where I need to know the number and type of the result set columns. Is there a way to do this without actually executing the query? That is, to have Oracle parse the query and tell me what the result datatypes/names will be returned when the query is actually executed? I'm using Oracle 10g and and it's a Java 1.5/Servlet 2.4 application.
Edit: The users who enter the queries are already users on the database. They authenticate to my app with their database credentials and the queries are executed using those credentials. Therefore they can't put in any query that they couldn't run by just connecting with sqlplus.</div