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Lesson 1

Introduction to Managing Oracle Tables

A table is the basic logical structure in a database. All data in your Oracle database is stored in a table and understanding how to manage tables is one of the basic skills for a database administrator.
This module will teach you to:
  1. Create a table
  2. Work with the basic Oracle datatypes
  3. Create a table using the Schema Manager
  4. Generate a list of the tables in your Oracle database
  5. Gather information about the columns in a table
  6. Modify a table by adding or modifying columns
  7. Delete a table

The table is the basic building block of your Oracle database, and so the information in this chapter is indispensable for working with your database.
A Schema Manager instance helps you with the abstraction of the generation of SQL assets such as Tables, Sequences, Foreign Keys and Indexes.
You should consider a schema to be the user account and collection of all objects therein as a schema for all intents and purposes.
For example,
SCOTT is a schema that includes the EMP, DEPT and BONUS tables with various grants.
SYS is a schema that includes tables, views, grants, and additional components.
SYSTEM is a schema.
Technically, a schema is the set of metadata (data dictionary) used by the database, typically generated using DDL. A schema defines attributes of the database, such as
  1. tables,
  2. columns, and
  3. properties.
A database schema is a description of the data in a database.