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Selecting Rows That Have One Value but Not Another Jul 6, 2020 by Robert Gravelle

Fetching rows that have a particular value, but not others, is a fairly common task in database development and administration. It sounds like a walk in the park, but limiting the results to those rows that possess one value to the exclusion of others is trickier than it sounds. The reason is, while it's trivial to filter out values using the != not equals or NOT IN comparison operators, these only hide values rather than tell us whether or not an entity possesses these other values. The good news is that there's an easy way to do it. Read on to find out how!

Using a Case Statement in a Where Clause Jun 23, 2020 by Robert Gravelle

A short time ago we were introduced the incredibly useful and versatile Case Statement. In that blog, we employed the Case Statement as most DBAs and developers do, in the SELECT clause. Another way to use the Case Statement is within the WHERE clause. There, it may be utilized to alter the data fetched by a query based on a condition. Within that context, the Case Statement is ideally suited to both static queries, as well as dynamic ones, such as those that you would find inside a stored procedure. In today's blog, we'll create a SELECT query in Navicat Premium that returns rows based on the values of another field.

Troubleshooting Slow Query Execution with Navicat Monitor 2 Jun 11, 2020 by Robert Gravelle

With so many factors to consider, uncovering the root cause(s) of slow query execution takes an organized approach. Luckily, with a bit of effort, you can pin down an issue to one of the more common culprits by checking up on a few things. In today's blog, we'll learn how Navicat Monitor 2 can help you get the the bottom of slow query execution - fast!

Counting String Occurrences in SQL June 5, 2020 by Robert Gravelle

Although not as proficient at string manipulation as procedural programming languages such as Java, C++, and PHP, SQL does provide many functions for working with string data. These may be employed to trim off extra spaces or characters, determine how long a string is, and concatenate several field values together. String functions are well worth becoming acquainted with as they can help make your code more effective and readable. In today's blog, we'll learn how to count the number of string occurrences within a char, varchar or text field using a couple of native SQL string functions.

MySQL Default Values: Good or Bad? - Part 2: When To Use Them May 28, 2020 by Robert Gravelle

Part 2: When To Use Them

You probably already know that setting a default value on non-null columns helps get rid of those pesky "Field 'xyz' doesn't have a default value" errors. Hopefully you're also aware that keeping error messages at bay is not in-itself a valid reason for supplying default values. There are many reasons for providing default column values - some good, and some, less so. Part 1 explored the ramifications of MySQL's Strict SQL Mode, as well as how to view and set it using Navicat for MySQL 15. In today's follow-up blog, we'll tackle when to use default values, and how to come up with good ones.

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