Re: More on view updates and inverse views

From: Vadim Tropashko <>
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2009 12:16:38 -0700 (PDT)
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On Sep 8, 9:35 am, "Walter Mitty" <> wrote:
> This makes the projection view
> "invertable" even though without the default value it would not be
> invertable.

And what is default value in relational terms? Suppose we have relation x over attributes p and q, and the q attribute is "default". Then, we essentially have a union of two(!) base relations:

  1. A restriction of the original binary relation x, where no tuple contains default value with
  2. y ^ [q] default, where y is some unary relation with attribute p.

In other words we have a view

x v (y ^ [q] default)

Then, I'm not quite convinced that the view

(x v (y ^ [q] default)) v [p]

is updatable. The "default" is just some value, which constraints would specifially instruct the relational system that it behaves like default? Received on Tue Sep 08 2009 - 21:16:38 CEST

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