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Let's assume we have a table where it has two columns, one an ID and one an hstore column, which stores key/value pairs.

You could query that column as such:

SELECT name, attributes->'device' as device
FROM products
WHERE attributes->'edition'= 'ebook'

Can you create a view for this table where the keys/values appear as columns in the view instead of all in the hstore column?

Example: I have an hstore key where it might have the key of amenity. I want to create a view showing the the ID and the amenity values in a new view.

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Sure you can.

SELECT products_id, attributes->'device' AS device
FROM   products
WHERE  attributes->'edition'= 'ebook';

-> SQLfiddle demo.

But only for a static set of columns. Dynamic output of all possible attributes in an hstore column conflicts with the requirement that the return type has to be declared at creation time.

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Thanks Erwin. So does that mean if all keys are not present in all hstore columns, then an issue may arise? – josh1234 Feb 10 '14 at 11:33
@josh1234: Columns will just be NULL for rows where the key is not found. – Erwin Brandstetter Feb 10 '14 at 15:04

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