Oracle has been around so long and so many questions have been asked and answered in so many different ways that it can be difficult to find a definitive answer, especially to a best-practices type question like this one.

There are dozens of pages and blog posts explaining the basic differences between PL/SQL functions and procedures:

Functions return a value. Procedures don’t.
Functions are callable (with some restrictions) from within standard SQL statements. Procedures aren’t.

So when should you use which?

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