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Create Materialized Views - Exercise

Create Materialized Views for Summary Data and Joins

Course Project: Creating a Materialized View

Objective: Create a materialized view for aggregate data.

Exercise Scoring

This exercise is worth 10 points.

Background | Overview

In this exercise, you will create a materialized view for aggregate data that contains the year and month.

Fact File

Review the fact file to find out more information about the House-O-Pets and its Oracle database.
Data Tables
Click the View Table link above to see the contents of the tables in the House-O-Pets database.

Download Files

You can download a correct version of the script for this exercise, cmn.sql, from the Resources page.


Although there is a view called MONTHLY_SALES in the House-O-Pets database, it has to be explicitly referenced in a query to be used. You would like to create a materialized view that provides the same information, because the Oracle query optimizer will automatically substitute the materialized view when appropriate.


Create a SQL DDL command to create a materialized view that contains the year and month extracted from the SALES_DATE column with the TO_CHAR(SALES_DATE, 'YY-MONTH') function, the sum of the SALE_TOTAL column, and the COUNT(*) function, which is required for materialized views that contain aggregate data based on a single table.


  1. You will want to use the specifications discussed in the previous lesson.
  2. You will not need to have a BUILD IMMEDIATE clause in your DDL, because that is the default.
  3. You will need to use the GROUP BY clause with the same TO_CHAR() function that you applied to SALES_DATE, because all non-aggregate values have to be included in the GROUP BY clause.
  4. You will probably want to specify a name for the first two columns in the view by listing a name after the function but before the ending comma.

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