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Oracle 10g Unloading Columns Containing Final Object Types

The FINAL or NOT FINAL definition of an object type determines whether subtypes can be derived from that type. Only non-final types allow subtypes. A type is declared as not final by including the NOT FINAL keyword in its type declaration. For example:

( street_number     NUMBER,
Street_name     VARCHAR2(30),
suite_no     VARCHAR2(10),
City_name         VARCHAR2(32),
State_or_provence     VARCHAR2(30),
mail_code         VARCHAR2(20),
country       VARCHAR2(32))

This statement declares address_t to be a not final type, such that subtypes of address_t can be defined. By default, an object type is declared as final and subtypes cannot be derived from it.

It is permitted to change a final type to a not final type and vice versa with an ALTER TYPE statement. For example, to change address_t to a final type:


Alteration of a type from NOT FINAL to FINAL is only allowed if the target type has no subtypes.

Once created, a table can use types in place of columns.

When final column objects are populated into an external table, you move each sub-attribute in the object type into its own column in the external table. In addition to columns for each sub-attribute, the external table needs an additional column to track whether the column object is atomically null. The following demonstrates the unloading and loading of columns consisting of final object types.

  1. In the following example, the address column in the external table is used to track whether the address column in the source table is atomically NULL.

SQL> CREATE TABLE projects_obj_ext
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