Constraints are used to limit the type of data that can go
into a table.
two basic types of constraints are there
1.column level
2.table level
the difference is that column level constraints are apply
only to one column where as table level constraints are
apply to whole table
Constraints are declare at the time of table creation using
CREATE TABLE command

there are 6 constraints used in oracle
1.NOT NULL
2.UNIQUE
3.PRIMARY KEY
4.CHECK
5.DEFAULT
6.REFERENCES

constraints are the rules enforced on data columns on a
table
use:constraints are used to limit the type of data that
can go in to a table

there are some constraints
a primarykey constraint
a unquekey constraint
a foreinkey constraint
a check constraint
a not null constraint
a default constraint

There are a number of different ways to implement
constraints, but each of them falls into one of these three
categories:
Entity constraints,
Domain constraints,
Referential integrity constraints.

Domain Constraints: A Domain constraint deals with one or
more columns. It is important to ensure that a particular
column or a set of columns meets particular criteria. When
you insert or update a row, the constraint is applied
without respect to any other row in the table. The focus is
on the data that is in the column. These kinds of
constraints will resurface when we deal with Check
constraints, Default constraints and rules and defaults.

Entity Constraints: Entity constraints are all about
individual rows. This constraint ignores the column as a
whole and focuses on a particular row. This can be best
exemplified by a constraint that requires every row to have
a unique value for a column or a combination of columns.
This is to ensure that for a particular row, the same value
does not already exist in some other row. We’ll see this
kind of constraint in dealing with Primary key and Unique
constraints.

Referential Integrity Constraints: Referential integrity
constraints are created when a value in one column must
match the value in another column. It can either be in the
same table or more typically, a different table. For
example, we are taking orders for a product, and we accept
credit payment. But we will accept only a few standard
credit card companies like Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and
American Express. Referential integrity constraints allow
us to build what we would call a domain table. A domain
table is table whose sole purpose is to provide a limited
list of acceptable values. In our case we have a CreditCard
table with CreditCardID, and CreditCard as fields. We can
then build one or more tables that reference the
CreditCardID column of our domain table. With referential
integrity, any table that is defined as referencing our
CreditCard table will have to have a column that matches up
to the CreditCardID column of our CreditCard table. For
each row we insert into the referencing table, it will have
a value that is in our domain list. We will see more of
this when we learn about Foreign key constraints.

I have a huge amount of data which is displayed in a
report. The data is viewed every day. Every day the data is
displayed in 30 secs but suddenly today it is giving an
timeout message today. Data has not been changed. The
situation is same as yesterday. What might be the reason???
Please Answer.