Author: Maria Alcaraz

Former Freelance Database Developer, Mother of 4 children

FROM: A Clause with Plenty of Possibilities

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Think that FROM only specifies tables in an SQL statement? Think again … When I first began to work with SQL, I saw the FROM clause as the simplest part of any query. You’d put only one table there, or may be two or more tables in the case of a join. That was all I thought about the FROM clause in those days. As I began to learn more about SQL, I discovered that there are a lot of techniques that can be used in a FROM.

NULL Values and the GROUP BY Clause

We’ve already covered how to use the GROUP BY clause and some aggregation functions like SUM(), AVG(), MAX(), MIN(), COUNT(). In this article, we will explain how the GROUP BY clause works when NULL values are involved. We will also explain about using NULLs with the ORDER BY clause. In SQL, NULL is a special marker used to indicate that a data value does not exist in the database. For more details, check out Wikipedia’s explanation of NULL in SQL.

Understanding the Use of NULL in SQL Three-Valued Logic

NULLs are necessary in relational databases, and learning to use them is fundamental to SQL success. However, NULLs should also be handled with care, as we explain in this post. In relational databases, we don’t always have a value to put in a column. For example, suppose we have a table called “persons” that has “first_name”, “last_name”, “birth_date” and “marriage_date” columns. What value will we store in the “marriage_date” column for single persons?

Performing Calculations on Date- and Time-Related Values

Relational databases support several date and time data types. In this article, we’ll look at several arithmetic operations we can do on these types. These operations are logical and understandable, even for the beginning SQL coder. Let’s first briefly explain the main data types used for dates and times. Keep in mind that data types may differ by database engine, so check your database documentation for specifics before you start working with them.

Correlated SQL Subqueries For Newbies

Correlated subqueries are the only way to solve some SQL statements. But they can be very slow. In this post, we’ll talk about why, how, and when to use them. Subqueries are an important resource for increasing the expressive power of SQL. If you haven’t read our previous article, subqueries are simply a SELECT statement inside another SELECT. We can use them in different places inside a SELECT, such as in the WHERE, HAVING, or FROM clauses.

SQL Subqueries

The article describes what a subquery is and what these useful statements look like. We will cover basic examples with the IN, EXISTS, ANY, and ALL operators, look at subqueries in from and where clauses, and explore the difference between correlated and nested subqueries. First, let’s start with an example database. To present some of these statements we need to have an example table and fill it with some data.