Question: I have a table that
contains columns titled last_row, first_row and
latest,. These columns are
intended to help track the last row inserted, the first row inserted and
the latest row updated.
Each of these columns has a value of 1 if the condition
is met and 0 otherwise (i.e. the most recently inserted row will
have 1 in both the last_row and latest columns.
Is it possible to
get multiple entries in the latest column? If so, how do I protect
Answer: You only want one row at a time to
have the latest column set to 1.
What you will need to accomplish
this is a function-based index on some identifier and decode for
latest. For example:
create table vehicle_positions (vehicle_id
number, longitude number,
latitude number, insert_time date, latest
create unique index
This will ensure that there exists one, and only one, vehicle_id
associated with a latest column equal to 1; otherwise, Oracle will
throw a constraint violation error. The constraint violation
error should be caught and handled with an PL/SQL stored procedure.
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