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Unable to understand Query [message #263736] Thu, 30 August 2007 22:11 Go to next message
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Registered: May 2007
Junior Member
Hi all,

I have come across these two queries. I know what is the output for the same but I dont know why they behaves so

1) select sum(1)from employee;
--This will return the rowcount of the employee table

2) select sequence_name.nextval,sequence_name.nextval from dual;
-- For eg if the sequence is at 10, then this query will return 11 and 11

I want to know why the above queries behave in such a manner.

Thank you
Re: Unable to understand Query [message #263771 is a reply to message #263736] Fri, 31 August 2007 00:21 Go to previous message
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Registered: March 2000
Senior Member
First query: Sum normally is used on a column of the resultset. Now they added a column with a constant value 1 for each record in the resultset (= table, because there is no where-clause).
Then a summing is done on all those 1's, resulting in the number of records.
I sincerely hope this is an exercise, because it is a nonsense way to do it.

Second query: It is per definition that sequence.nextval returns the same value for each row fetched. It is just as Oracle designed it; no fancy sql-trick
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