1. René Ullrich
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  3. Wednesday, 17 October 2018 12:45 PM UTC



Oracle 12 supports identity columns with new GENERATED AS IDENTITY clause.

I've tried to get it work with PowerBuilder Datawindows (using ORA driver). I specified the identity columns in the datawindow update properties dialog. But I can't get it to work. PowerBuilder doesn't gets the generated value from oracle.


Does Powerbuilder supports identity columns with Oracle?


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mike S Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
  1. Wednesday, 29 June 2022 16:45 PM UTC
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funny - MS sql server finally added sequences to match oracle around version 12.   I've always thought sequences a much better implementation.


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Konstantin Goldobin Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
  1. Wednesday, 29 June 2022 14:43 PM UTC
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Hello Chris,

I checked this in 2019 R3 and there seems no change in the ORA interface. I was wondering if there are plans to finally "tweak" the driver as you put it?

Best regards,

  1. Chris Pollach @Appeon
  2. Wednesday, 29 June 2022 15:58 PM UTC
Hi Konstantin .. There were O19C driver "tweaks" in PB2021 & 2022.

Please feel free to test with these releases. The PB2022 Beta is located here: https://www.appeon.com/developers/pb2022-beta.html

If the above newer PB releases do not address your "Identity" column issue, please open a Support Ticket ad attach a test case with details how to recreate the problem. Thanks!

Regards .. Chris
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  1. René Ullrich
  2. Thursday, 30 June 2022 06:06 AM UTC
There is always a support ticket I created in 2018: https://www.appeon.com/standardsupport/search/view?id=1780

I tested it again with PB 2022 Beta with no success.
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Chris Pollach @Appeon Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
  1. Wednesday, 17 October 2018 13:16 PM UTC
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Hi René;

  Since this is new to Oracle vs being a long time feature of ASE and SS, I suspect that the ORA driver needs to be "tweaked". Normally in ASE or SS when the DWO recognizes an Identity Column (aka Auto Increment) it issues a "ReSelectRow" command behind the scenes to get the new auto assigned value by the DBMS.

  The bad news is that we probably need to open a Support Ticket for this new O12c feature to be supported. The good news is that your App's can use the ReSelectRow() command today (as a workaround) as that command has been a feature in PB for decades.


Regards ... Chris

  1. René Ullrich
  2. Wednesday, 17 October 2018 13:24 PM UTC
Hi Chris,

I have not tried it but I guess ReSelectRow would not work. PB can't create the where clause to find the row because it doesn't know the values of the primary key column.
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  1. Chris Pollach @Appeon
  2. Wednesday, 17 October 2018 14:33 PM UTC
Correct .. so set the Update properties to Identity = None. Then use the ReSelectRow.approach
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