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What is an integrity constraint?

Integrity constraint is a rule that restricts values to a column in a table.

What is referential integrity constraint?

Maintaining data integrity through a set of rules that restrict the values of one or more columns of the tables based on the values of primary key or unique key of the referenced table.

What is the usage of SAVEPOINTS?

SAVEPOINTS are used to subdivide a transaction into smaller parts. It enables rolling back part of a transaction. Maximum of five save points are allowed.


When ON DELETE CASCADE is specified Oracle maintains referential integrity by automatically removing dependent foreign key values if a referenced primary or unique key value is removed.

What are the data types allowed in a table?


What is difference between CHAR and VARCHAR2? What is the maximum SIZE allowed for each type?

CHAR pads blank spaces to the maximum length.
VARCHAR2 does not pad blank spaces.
For CHAR the maximum length is 255 and 2000 for VARCHAR2.

How many LONG columns are allowed in a table? Is it possible to use LONG columns in WHERE clause or ORDER BY?

Only one LONG column is allowed. It is not possible to use LONG column in WHERE or ORDER BY clause.

What are the pre-requisites to modify datatype of a column and to add a column with NOT NULL constraint?

– To modify the datatype of a column the column must be empty.
– To add a column with NOT NULL constrain, the table must be empty.

Where the integrity constraints are stored in data dictionary?

The integrity constraints are stored in USER_CONSTRAINTS.

How will you activate/deactivate integrity constraints?

The integrity constraints can be enabled or disabled by ALTER TABLE ENABLE CONSTRAINT / DISABLE CONSTRAINT.

If unique key constraint on DATE column is created, will it validate the rows that are inserted with SYSDATE?

It won’t, Because SYSDATE format contains time attached with it.

What is a database link?

Database link is a named path through which a remote database can be accessed.

How to access the current value and next value from a sequence? Is it possible to access the current value in a session before accessing next value?

Sequence name CURRVAL, sequence name NEXTVAL. It is not possible. Only if you access next value in the session, current value can be accessed.

What is CYCLE/NO CYCLE in a Sequence?

– specifies that the sequence continue to generate values after reaching either maximum or minimum value. After pan-ascending sequence reaches its maximum value, it generates its minimum value. After a descending sequence reaches its minimum, it generates its maximum.

– specifies that the sequence cannot generate more values after reaching its maximum or minimum value.

What are the advantages of VIEW?

– To protect some of the columns of a table from other users.
– To hide complexity of a query.
– To hide complexity of calculations.

Can a view be updated/inserted/deleted? If Yes – under what conditions?

A View can be updated/deleted/inserted if it has only one base table if the view is based on columns from one or more tables then insert, update and delete is not possible.

If a view on a single base table is manipulated will the changes be reflected on the base table?

If changes are made to the tables and these tables are the base tables of a view, then the changes will be reference on the view.

Which of the following is not a feature of a cursor FOR loop?

1. Record type declaration.
2. Opening and parsing of SQL statements.
3. Fetches records from cursor.
4. Requires exit condition to be defined.

What is the maximum number of handlers processed before the PL/SQL block is exited when an exception occurs?

1. Only one
2. All that apply
3. All referenced
4. None

For which trigger timing can you reference the NEW and OLD qualifiers?

1. Statement and Row
2. Statement only
3. Row only
4. Oracle Forms trigger

When invoking this procedure, you encounter the error: ORA-000:Unique constraint(SCOTT.THEATER_NAME_UK) violated. How should you modify the function to handle this error?

1. An user defined exception must be declared and associated with the error code and handled in the EXCEPTION section.
2. Handle the error in EXCEPTION section by referencing the error code directly.
3. Handle the error in the EXCEPTION section by referencing the UNIQUE_ERROR predefined exception.
4. Check for success by checking the value of SQL%FOUND immediately after the UPDATE statement.

Which procedure can be used to create a customized error message?


The CHECK_THEATER trigger of the THEATER table has been disabled. Which command can you issue to enable this trigger?

1. ALTER TRIGGER check_theater ENABLE;
2. ENABLE TRIGGER check_theater;
3. ALTER TABLE check_theater ENABLE check_theater;
4. ENABLE check_theater;

Under which circumstance must you recompile the package body after recompiling the package specification?

1. Altering the argument list of one of the package constructs
2. Any change made to one of the package constructs
3. Any SQL statement change made to one of the package constructs
4. Removing a local variable from the DECLARE section of one of the package constructs

Procedure and Functions are explicitly executed. This is different from a database trigger. When is a database trigger executed?

1. When the transaction is committed
2. During the data manipulation statement
3. When an Oracle supplied package references the trigger
4. During a data manipulation statement and when the transaction is committed.

Which Oracle supplied package can you use to output values and messages from database triggers, stored procedures and functions within SQL*Plus?


What is the difference between Truncate and Delete interms of Referential Integrity?

DELETE removes one or more records in a table, checking referential Constraints (to see if there are dependent child records) and firing any DELETE triggers. In the order you are deleting (child first then parent) There will be no problems.

TRUNCATE removes ALL records in a table. It does not execute any triggers. Also, it only checks for the existence (and status) of another foreign key Pointing to the table. If one exists and is enabled, then you will get The following error. This is true even if you do the child tables first.

ORA-02266: unique/primary keys in table referenced by enabled foreign keys You should disable the foreign key constraints in the child tables before issuing the TRUNCATE command, then re-enable them afterwards.

What occurs if a procedure or function terminates with failure without being handled?

1. Any DML statements issued by the construct are still pending and can be committed or rolled back.
2. Any DML statements issued by the construct are committed
3. Unless a GOTO statement is used to continue processing within the BEGIN section,the construct terminates.
4. The construct rolls back any DML statements issued and returns the unhandled exception to the calling environment.


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