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Quick SQL in Oracle APEX is a wonderful tool that helps to generate SQL with shorthand syntax.  This blog highlights one minor change to the option of generating primary keys via Triggers and GUIDs.  I believe that a change to the GUID method will help prevent future errors.

I know what you might be thinking:

  • “What problem?”
  • “I have never run into any issues”

For my own part, I’ve never had any errors as a result of using Quick SQL-generated tables with the to_number GUID option.  However, the potential issue is with the auto-generated primary key.



Quick SQL Code Generated

to_number(sys_guid(), ‘XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX’);

When APEX generates the following code, it is problematic for a few reasons:

  1.  The datatype used for sys_guid() should be a Raw or Varchar2
  2.  There is a risk of data conversion errors
  3.  Ask Tom said it isn’t a good idea (see references section below)


  • Change to:  RawToHex(sys_guid())
  • Drop the GUID option altogether
  • Change the default PK option to Via triggers and Sequence


Quick SQL PK Options

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  • APEX 5x or higher



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