Jun 032014

I insert a row into a table, roll it back, yet somehow I’ve created a new object in my database!

select count(*) from user_objects;


insert into a_table
values ('that create', 1, 'new object');


select count(*) from user_objects;


There’s no triggers or other “trickery” involved – the code above is a copy-paste in a database where I have the only session.

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Jan 312014

An SQL magic trick – the table disappeared, just by running a select statement! Can you figure out how it’s done?

select * 
from   the_disappearing_table_trick

Now you don't


select * 
from   the_disappearing_table_trick

ORA-00942: table or view does not exist

If you think you know, put your answers in the comments!

Jan 302013
create table use_interval_partitioning (
  and_new_partitions            number,
  will_be_created_automatically varchar2(1)
                                default 'Y',
  for_each_new                  date,
  so_your_system_wont_break     varchar2(1)
                                default 'Y',
  if_maintenance_is_forgotten   varchar2(100)
                                default 'Yay!'
) partition by range (for_each_new)
  interval (numtodsinterval(1,'DAY')) (
    partition first values less than (
      date '2013-01-30')
A very handy feature, I just wish there was a way to specify a regexp for new partition names; 
I don't like systems cluttered up with SYS_Pxxx partitions...