Transient attributes as Primary Key for a View Object, a bad idea?

Answer is YES for certain use cases where
1. Recalculation of transient attributes are expensive and
2. If the run time needs to touch PK attribute multiple times while serving requests from a client. An example for this scenario may be expanding multiple level of tree node. Please note that in this case the value of transient attributes are getting recalculated each time. In such scenarios, better go for other option like SQL derived attributes, if feasible.

Thanks to Blaise Ribet who shared this point!


  1. hi jobinesh,

    i had doubt. pls clear this.

    i had a table in my db.

    let us,

    for eg : table1:
    two fields id1 and desc1.

    this table1 has no primary key.

    i cant maintain primary key in table 1 n for anyone of the column. because the lot duplicates may sit on the table particular column id .

    but adf by default takes rowid as pk. i remove that. but adf eo needed some pk it's mandatory also.

    my question is simple . i can t maintain pk in table level.

    so i make a transiest attribute in eo n vo and make it pk. pass some default or may some sequence value to that create method.

    is it possible.?

  2. hi you leav out it;s bad idea.

    but u may think y he is asking.

    i cant alter the table. with the existing things(table) i want to work out.

    i create a transiest attr in eo and also vo.

    while running the application module.

    oracle.jbo.PersistenceException: JBO-26028: View object ApplUsersView does not include a primary key attribute ViewAttr of entity base ApplUsers.
    at oracle.jbo.server.RowReference.verifyPrimaryKeys(
    at oracle.jbo.server.RowReference.verifyReference(
    at oracle.jbo.server.ViewDefImpl.resolveRowReferences(
    at oracle.jbo.server.ViewDefImpl.resolveAttrs(

    y it happening. can give me explanation.

  3. Adding a transient attribute doesn't treat it as PK. You may need to mark it as PK or you can work around with pseudo column RowID as PK. In general a table without PK is not considered as good design

  4. Adding a transient attribute doesn't treat it as PK.

    u misunderstud that.

    i made a transient attr in my eo . and make it as pk.

    and then am runnig. error throws.

  5. HI,
    I have a doubt, I am trying to create entity based view object. But query is little complicated. It has a union of 8 different queries.

    Say for example, I am trying to create view object based on A, B.
    A has - 5 columns,
    B has - 5 columns.

    I am joining these tables based on 3 columns. While creating VO, I want to select only 1 attribute from B which is not present in A entity.I am not able to do this. Is there any way to achieve this?

    - Infanta


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