Oracle SQL - Updatable Join Views


Consider the following code

create or replace view crs_offerings as
select o.course as course_code, c.description, o.begindate
from   offerings o
       courses   c
       on (o.course = c.code);

The CRS_OFFERINGS view is based on a join of two tables: OFFERINGS and COURSES. 

You can perform some data manipulation via this view, as long as the data manipulation can be translated into corresponding actions against the two underlying base tables.

CRS_OFFERINGS is an example of an updatable join view.

The following code demonstrates testing some DML commands against this view.

delete from crs_offerings where course_code = 'ERM';

insert into crs_offerings (course_code, begindate)
values ('JSON' , trunc(sysdate));

You may get the following error when update an updatable join view:

  • ORA-01732: data manipulation operation not legal on this view
  • ORA-01752: cannot delete from view without exactly one key-preserved table
  • ORA-01779: cannot modify a column which maps to a non key-preserved table

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