Author: Bartłomiej Jańczak
Software Engineer at SoftwarePlant
Why Does Oracle Sometimes Not Drop an Index Associated with a Primary Key or Unique Constraint?
Database schema migration is never an easy job. In fact, it can really be a headache, even when you’re working with a familiar system. For example, at times Oracle 10g may not drop the associated index for a primary key or unique constraint that has been dropped. In this article, I am going to explain when and why this happens. The Story: I’ve been working on the development of an e-commerce platform.
Top-N and Pagination Queries
Generally, we don’t limit query results. However, when we only care about the first few rows or to implement table pagination, limiting query results is just what we need. Database vendors provide us with such functionality; most of them in their own distinct way. Example Let’s take a look at the 2014 Sochi Olympics Men’s Normal Hill Individual ski jumping results in the skijump_results table. There is no index on the skijump_results table.
Oracle ROWNUM Explained
If you were to implement a Top-N or pagination query in an Oracle database, you wouldn’t find any dedicated clause to limit the query result like TOP, LIMIT or FETCH FIRST. For each row returned by the query, Oracle provides a ROWNUM pseudocolumn that returns a number indicating the order in which the database selects the row from a table or set of joined views. Example Let’s take a look at the 2014 Sochi Olympics Men’s Normal Hill Individual ski jumping results in the skijump_results table.