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editionable object tips

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonJuly 12, 2013


Question:  Am I correct that Oracle allows for table and object versioning?  I understand that Oracle uses the term editionable to refer to the versioning of objects.  Can you please show how Oracle editioning works?


Answer:  Oracle make a distinction of between "versions" and "editions" in the management of objects. (see Oracle versioning).


 Just like with versioning, editionable objects allow you to create multiple versions of an objects in order to implement change control in your shop.

Oracle allows editioning for tables (new in 12c), and starting in 11g release 2, we see editioning for PL/SQL functions and stored procedures, views, triggers, types and synonyms.


Compared to other DBMS versioning, Oracle editioning of very sophisticated.  Starting with 11g release 2 onwards, each database has at least one edition, the default being "ORA$BASE".  However, you can define traditional versions using the "create edition" command.


Dr Tim Hall has some great notes on editionable objects.





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