Another New Features 12c : generated as identity / Sequence Replacement

in old version of oracle database if you want to create automatic generated number you have to create sequence and use attribute nextval.

But with oracle database 12c this concept is changed new features add when you create table called generated as identity.

Check the Below Demonstration which explain this new features :

SQL> create table test (test_id number generated as identity , test_name varchar2(20));

SQL> desc test ;
 Name   Null?      Type
 —————————————–   ——– ————–
 TEST_ID   NOT      NULL NUMBER
 TEST_NAME          VARCHAR2(20)

SQL> insert into test values (1,’osama’);
insert into test values (1,’osama’)
*
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-32795: cannot insert into a generated always identity column

The TEST_ID Column will be inserting automatically  no need to use in insert command.

SQL> insert into test (TEST_NAME) values ( ‘Jennifer’ );
1 row created.

SQL> select * from test ;
   TEST_ID TEST_NAME
———- ——————–
1       Jennifer 

Check another example :

SQL> create table test2 (TEST_ID NUMBER generated as identity (start with 1 increment by 1 cache 30 order), TEST_NAME varchar2(20));
Table created.

SQL> insert into test2 (test_name) values (‘JENNIFER’);
SQL> insert into test2 (test_name) values (‘STEVE’);
SQL> insert into test2 (test_name) values (‘USER’);

SQL> select * from test2 ;

   TEST_ID TEST_NAME
———- ——————–
1 JENNIFER
2 STEVE
3 USER

Thank you 
Osama mustafa