Database Sequences

Sequences are a feature that some DBMS products implement to provide users with a mechanism to generate unique values - the Sequence ensures that each call to it returns a unique value. This is particularly important when the Sequence's result is used as a Primary Key. These can be generated with a schema for loading onto the DBMS server.

Sequences are provided so that database users are not forced to implement their own unique value generator. Not all DBMS products support Sequences; those that do not instead provide functionality for columns to be initialized with an incrementing value.

In Enterprise Architect, Sequences can be modeled in one of two ways:

  • As individual objects (the default method) or
  • As Operations in a container

Functionally the two methods result in the same DDL being produced. The main difference is visual - by having several Operations in one container, you have fewer elements and less clutter on the diagram.

Individual objects

Sequences modeled as individual objects are UML Classes with the stereotype «dbsequence»; you create these either:

  • Within the Database Builder or
  • By dragging the Sequence icon from the Data Modeling Toolbox onto a diagram

Add a Database Sequence using the Database Builder



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Open the Database Builder.

The Database Builder


Load or create a Data model.


Right-click on the Sequences Package and select Add New Sequence.


Overtype the default name with the appropriate name for the Sequence, and press Enter.


Double-click on the new Sequence, or right-click on it and select SQL Object Properties.

The SQL Object Editor screen displays.

Add a Database Sequence to a diagram



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Open your Data Modeling diagram and, if necessary, display the Data Modeling page of the Diagram Toolbox (More tools | Data Modeling).


Drag the Sequence icon onto the diagram.

This generates the Sequence element:


Right-click on the new Sequence element and select SQL Object Properties.

The SQL Object Editor screen displays.

SQL Object Editor

The SQL Object Editor is a dialog that is shared by a number of SQL-based database objects (Views, Procedures and Functions) and that helps you to manage the various properties of the SQL-based object.



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If it has already been set, the default database type displays.

If the default has not been set, or you want to change the database type for this Sequence, click on the drop-down arrow and select the target DBMS to model.

Set the Database Type


If necessary, type in a comment on the current  Sequence.


Type the full SQL Sequence definition.

The code editor provides Intelli-sense for basic SQL keywords and functions.

Intelli-sense Options - Code Editors

Operations in a Container

Database Sequences modeled as operations have a container object, this being a UML Class with the stereotype «sequences» (with an s on the end). Each Sequence is an operation with the stereotype «sequ». The system provides a dedicated maintenance window through which the modeler can easily manage the Sequences defined as operations.

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