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Applying Select Distinct to One Column Only Aug 12, 2020 by Robert Gravelle

Adding the DISTINCT keyword to a SELECT query causes it to return only unique values for the specified column list so that duplicate rows are removed from the result set. Since DISTINCT operates on all of the fields in SELECT's column list, it can't be applied to an individual field that are part of a larger group. That being said, there are ways to remove duplicate values from one column, while ignoring other columns. We'll be taking a look at a couple of those here today.

Splitting Query Results into Ranges Aug 4, 2020 by Robert Gravelle

Grouping query results into buckets of equal size is a common requirement for database developers and database administrators (DBAs) alike. Examples include:

  • customers whose last names begin with A - L and M-Z
  • products prices that are between 1 - 10 dollars, 11 - 20 dollars, 21 - 20 dollars, etc...
  • quarterly sales, i.e., from Jan - Mar, Apr - Jun, Jul- Sep, Oct - Dec

Standard SQL is well suited to this task. By combining the power of the CASE statement with the GROUP BY clause, data can be broken up into whatever range we deem necessary to best interpret our data. In today's blog, we'll compose a couple of range queries in Navicat Premium's excellent Query Editor.

Using Output Parameters in Stored Procedures Jul 29, 2020 by Robert Gravelle

Output parameters are a feature of stored procedures that is seldom used, which is a shame because they are an excellent option for returning scalar data to the user. In today's blog, we'll learn some uses for Output Parameters and how to use them in your stored procedures.

Hiding Databases From Users in MySQL Jul 23, 2020 by Robert Gravelle

Theres an adage for user privileges that you should assign a user the least amount of privileges that he or she requires to perform their job function(s) and no more. That is why MySQL offers such a fine-grained access control system. While not the easiest system to grasp, once a DBA does, he or she tends to agree that it really is quite effective. In today's blog, we'll learn how to prevent a user from listing databases in MySQL.

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!

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