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1 A Guide to Oracle9i1 Creating and Modifying Database Tables Chapter 2

2 A Guide to Oracle9i2 Objectives Become acquainted with Structured Query Language (SQL) Learn about Oracle9i user schemas Learn how to define Oracle9i database tables Create database tables using SQL*Plus

3 A Guide to Oracle9i3 Objectives Learn how to debug Oracle9i SQL commands and use Oracle Corporation online help resources Learn how to view information about your database tables using Oracle9i data dictionary views Modify and delete database tables using SQL*Plus

4 A Guide to Oracle9i4 Introduction to SQL Structured Query Language (SQL): the standard query language for relational databases Data definition language (DDL) –Create new database objects –Modify or delete existing objects. Data manipulation language (DML) –Insert, update, delete, and view database data.

5 A Guide to Oracle9i5 Oracle9i User Accounts User account - identified by a unique username and password User schema - all of the objects that the user creates and stores in the database Object owner has privileges to perform all possible actions on an object

6 A Guide to Oracle9i6 Defining Oracle9i Database Tables To create a new table specify: –Table name –Name of each data field –Data type and size of each data field Constraints: restrictions on the data values that a field can store Oracle Naming Standard: –Series of rules Oracle Corporation established for naming all database objects –Objects must be from 1 to 30 characters long –Can contain letters, numbers, and the special symbols $, _, and # –Must begin with a character

7 A Guide to Oracle9i7 Creating a Table CREATE TABLE tablename (fieldname1data_type, (fieldname2 data_type, …)

8 A Guide to Oracle9i8 Oracle9i Data Types Data type: specifies the kind of data that a field stores Assigning a data type provides a means for error checking Data types enable the DBMS to use storage space more efficiently by internally storing different types of data in different ways

9 A Guide to Oracle9i9 Character Data Types VARCHAR2 –Stores variable-length character data up to a maximum of 4,000 characters –Values in different records can have a different number of characters –fieldname VARCHAR2(maximum_size)

10 A Guide to Oracle9i10 Character Data Types CHAR –Fixed-length character data up to a maximum size of 2,000 characters –Data values for different records all have the same number of characters –DBMS adds trailing blank spaces to the end of the entry to make the entry fill the maximum_size value –Data longer than maximum_size causes an error –fieldname CHAR[(maximum_size)]

11 A Guide to Oracle9i11 Character Data Types NVARCHAR2 and NCHAR –Analogous to VARCHAR2 and CHAR but use Unicode rather than ASCII –Used to hold character data in languages other than English

12 A Guide to Oracle9i12 Number Data Types Stores negative, positive, fixed, and floating point numbers between 10–130 and 10125, with precision up to 38 decimal places General Syntax: fieldname NUMBER [([precision,] [scale])] Integer: fieldname NUMBER(precision) Fixed point: fieldname NUMBER[([precision],[scale])] Floating point: fieldname NUMBER

13 A Guide to Oracle9i13 Date and Time Data Types DATE –Dates from December 31, 4712 BC to December 31, 4712 AD –Default format DD-MON-YY –Default time format HH:MI:SS A.M. –fieldname DATE TIMESTAMP –Similar to DATE but stores fractional seconds –fieldname TIMESTAMP (fractional_seconds_precision)

14 A Guide to Oracle9i14 Date and Time Data Types INTERVAL YEAR TO MONTH –Time interval, expressed in years and months – specifies a positive time interval of 2 years and 11 months –fieldname INTERVAL YEAR[(year_precision)] TO MONTH INTERVAL DAY TO SECOND –Time interval, expressed in days, hours, minutes, and seconds –-04 03:20:32.00: 4 days, 3 hours, 20 minutes, and 32 seconds –fieldname INTERVAL DAY[(leading_precision)] TO SECOND[(fractional_seconds_precision)]

15 A Guide to Oracle9i15 Large Object (LOB) Data Types

16 A Guide to Oracle9i16 Constraints Rules that restrict the data values that you can enter into a field in a database table Integrity constraints: define primary and foreign keys Value constraints: define specific data values or data ranges that must be inserted into columns and whether values must be unique or not NULL Table constraint: restricts the data value with respect to all other values in the table Field constraint: limits the value that can be placed in a specific field, irrespective of values that exist in other table records

17 A Guide to Oracle9i17 Oracle Constraint Naming Convention tablename_ fieldname_constraintID

18 A Guide to Oracle9i18 Integrity Constraints Define primary key fields Specify foreign keys and their corresponding table and column references Specify composite keys

19 A Guide to Oracle9i19 Value Constraints Check conditions: field value must be a specific value or fall within a range of values NOT NULL constraints: specify whether a field value can be NULL Default constraints: specify that a field has a default value that the DBMS automatically inserts for every record, unless the user specifies an alternate value Unique constraints: specify that a field must have a unique value for every table record

20 A Guide to Oracle9i20 Creating Database Tables Using SQL*Plus Type SQL commands at the SQL prompt End each command with a semicolon (;) Not case sensitive

21 A Guide to Oracle9i21 Log On to SQL*Plus

22 A Guide to Oracle9i22 SQL*Plus Program Window

23 A Guide to Oracle9i23 Create a Table

24 A Guide to Oracle9i24 Table Creation Sequence When creating tables with foreign key references, create referenced tables first Always create tables without foreign keys before those with foreign keys

25 A Guide to Oracle9i25 Using Notepad Useful to use Notepad to edit sql commands –Commands can be edited without retyping –Commands can be saved –Saving multiple sql commands in a file creates a script

26 A Guide to Oracle9i26 Errors When an error occurs error information is displayed: –Line number –Position on line –Error code –Description of error Error codes –3 letter prefix (I.e. ORA) –5 digit code –More information on errors can be found at

27 A Guide to Oracle9i27 Exiting SQL*Plus Three ways to exit SQL*Plus: –Type exit at the SQL prompt –Click File on the menu bar, and then click Exit –Click the Close button on the program window title bar Database session ends when SQL*Plus exits

28 A Guide to Oracle9i28 Create Table with Foreign Key Constraint

29 A Guide to Oracle9i29 Viewing Information About Tables describe tablename: displays column names and data types Data dictionary: tables that contain information about the structure of the database. –USER: shows the objects in the current users schema –ALL: shows both objects in the current users schema and objects that the user has privileges to manipulate –DBA: allows users who are database administrators to view information about all database objects

30 A Guide to Oracle9i30 Viewing Tables in the Database

31 A Guide to Oracle9i31 Viewing Constraints on One Table

32 A Guide to Oracle9i32 Modifying and Deleting Database Tables Modify existing database tables by: –Changing the name of a table –Adding new columns –Deleting columns that are no longer needed –Changing the data type or maximum size of an existing column Unrestricted action: some specifications can always be modified Restricted action: specifications modified only in certain situations

33 A Guide to Oracle9i33 Unrestricted Action

34 A Guide to Oracle9i34 Restricted Actions

35 A Guide to Oracle9i35 Deleting and Renaming Tables To delete: –Drop table [tablename] –Use with caution –To delete foreign key constraints, add cascade constraints To rename: –Rename old_tablename to new_tablename –DBMS automatically transfers to the new table integrity constraints, indexes, and privileges that referenced the old table.

36 A Guide to Oracle9i36 Adding Fields to Existing Tables To add a field: –ALTER TABLE tablename ADD(fieldname data_declaration constraints);

37 A Guide to Oracle9i37 Modifying Existing Field Data Definitions Can only change datatype to compatible data type (i.e. varchar2 to char) ALTER tablename MODIFY(fieldname new_data_declaration);

38 A Guide to Oracle9i38 Deleting a Field ALTER TABLE tablename DROP COLUMN fieldname; Can be used to rename a field – first drop, then add

39 A Guide to Oracle9i39 Adding and Deleting Constraints Add a constraint: ALTER TABLE tablename ADD CONSTRAINT constraint_name constraint_definition; Remove a constraint: ALTER TABLE tablename DROP CONSTRAINT constraint_name;

40 A Guide to Oracle9i40 Enabling and Disabling Constraints When modifying a database it can be useful to disable constraints Constraints are enabled by default To disable a constraint: ALTER TABLE tablename DISABLE CONSTRAINT constraint_name; To enable a constraint: ALTER TABLE tablename ENABLE CONSTRAINT constraint_name;

41 A Guide to Oracle9i41 Summary SQL commands include: –Data description language (DDL) commands: create, modify, Deleted database objects –Data manipulation language (DML) commands: insert, update, delete, view database data To create a table: –specify the table name, the name of each data field, and the data type and size of each data field Data types ensure correct data values Constraints restrict values of database fields SQL*Plus commands are not case sensitive

42 A Guide to Oracle9i42 Summary Errors include line number, position, error code Use DESCRIBE command to display a tables fieldnames and data types Tables can be modified or deleted but some changes are restricted


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