An acronym for "Structured Query Language" (it's not the name of a specific DBMS product), SQL can be used in relational database management systems (RDBMS) to query, update, delete, and insert data as well as modify the structure of the database. It can also be used to manage schemas and data ...

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Handling time zones in data mart/warehouse

We are starting to design the building blocks of a data mart/warehouse and we need to be able to support all time zones (our clients are from all over the world). From reading discussions online (and ...
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Is there a way to programmatically script all objects associated with a given table?

I know that in SQL management studio I can right click a table/trigger/key and script object as.... Is there a way to do this programmatically, given an object's name? If so, is there a way to find ...
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Oracle 11g: performance improvements of inserts

I have a table of 500 millions of rows (and growing) I did the following to improve performance of inserts: On database side: dropped all indexes and constraints disabled logging On application ...
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How can I improve my SQL statement with weekly results with week starting on Thursday or any other day of the week?

I am a total newb, and I couldn't find a good way to do this anywhere. I have a database table that contains statistics that are recorded at various time throughout the week. The reporting week ...
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Returning a result set with multiple rows based on max date

I have a child table that is something like this: [Cust Date Table] | Customer ID | Some Date | Balance | +-------------+------------+---------+ | 1 | 2012-04-30 | 20.00 | | 1 ...
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Open source and commercial tools to build dynamic queries of fact tables in star schema

What user interfaces or tools (commercial and/or open source) can query a star schema model (Ralph Kimball dimensional model)? So for example, if we have X fact tables, and Y dimension tables, and Z ...
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Prevent copying to temp table (sql)

I have two tables - comments and votes : comments(id, text, user_id, page_id) votes(id, value) There are 2,000,000 rows in the votes table. I created the following query: SELECT ...
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Help with a multi-language medical database

My project is to design a database for medicines in many countries. Medicines have various criteria like composition, price, manufacturer. Database will be multi-language; related to each country. ...
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How? SQL Cluster with multiple active nodes (not failover)

I'm building a new SQL 2008 R2 (Enterprise) Cluster that is backed by an EqualLogic iSCSI SAN. Instead of building a failover cluster (which I have done), I would instead like to setup several nodes ...
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Should I join datetime to a date using cast or range?

This question is a take-off from the excellent one posed here: Cast to date is sargable but is it a good idea? In my case, I am not concerned with the WHERE clause but in joining to an events table ...
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How define select, if bridge pair may have 3 players?

Normaly a pair has 2 players, but if there is an odd number of players at the club, one 'pair' has 3 players. Table, members: pair, player_id 1 1 1 2 2 3 2 4 3 5 3 6 4 7 4 8 5 9 5 10 6 11 6 12 6 ...
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Is it normal to use many Triggers?

I have many so-called summary columns throughout my database to count number of rows in other tables. For example, counting the number of comments by a user (a column in the user table). Currently, I ...
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Restore Database script

I have a live database which i would like to create a backup and restore script that will take the "live" database every night, create a back, then drop the existing "testing" database (if any) and ...
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MySQL fulltext selection performance

I have 1.5M rows in a table. Following is the table create code: CREATE TABLE `jobs` ( `id` INT(8) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT, `job_id` VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL DEFAULT '', `title` VARCHAR(255) ...
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Tsql Query speed slow due to Or within where clause, causing index scan instead of seek

I have been working on making this query work more efficiently. I found that the number of Ors within the where clause are the biggest problem within this query. This query sits in a stored ...
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Can a RDBMS connect to a remote server, execute a select query and copy them into a local table just with SQL commands?

I'm sorry it may sound stupid but I've been wondering about how multiple databases are automated before the virtualization era. Can a DB Adminsitrator make a stored procedure to get data from a remote ...
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Is it a bad practice to always create a transaction?

Is it a bad practice to always create a transaction? For example, it is a good practice to create a transaction for nothing but one simple SELECT? What is the cost of creating a transaction when it ...
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How do I read Query Cost, and is it always a percentage?

I'm currently studying for SQL 70-433 (the Microsoft Certification exam), and I'm getting very confused about the "query cost" performance metric. According to any documentation I could find via ...
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Is table aliasing a bad practice?

I remember learning to do this in a DBMS course for Master of Information Services students. To save yourself some typing, you can type: SELECT t1.id, t2.stuff FROM someTable t1 ...
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Why does subquery use parallelism and join doesn't?

Why does SQL server use parallelism when running this query which uses a subquery but it doesn't when using a join? The join version runs in serial and takes around 30 times longer to complete. Join ...
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Find “n” consecutive free numbers from table

I have some table with numbers like this (status is either FREE or ASSIGNED) id_set number status ----------------------- 1 000001 ASSIGNED 1 000002 FREE 1 000003 ...
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How to find parent rows that have indentical sets of child rows?

Suppose I have structure like this: Recipes Table: RecipeID Name Description RecipeIngredients Table: RecipeID IngredientID Quantity UOM What are some good ways for ...
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adding an order by to this query returns faster than without, why?

Any ideas on why adding a sort to this query returns considerably faster than without the order by? I would expect the opposite so what could make this happen? SELECT TOP (500) ...
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Grouping records based on intervals of time

I have a table with the following schema, and I need to define a query that can group data based on intervals of time (Ex. records per minute) and then provide the sum of the changes to the ...
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Send email when certain Data is being inserted in MS SQL Server

I realize that there is an integrated email notification system in SQLServer, where I can configure it to send an email using my organization's Exchange server. I want to use that to send email on ...
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SQL Server Backup Process Tuning

I am working for a small company that has 20 full time web sites. And another 20-30 micro sites. We are having issues with the sites freezing every day after the SQL Server Agent backup is running. ...
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Are individual queries faster than joins?

Conceptual question: Are individual queries faster than joins, or: Should I try to squeeze every info I want on the client side into one SELECT statement or just use as many as seems convenient? ...
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Full Text Search With PostgreSQL

i have a table with this rows: Stickers ------------------------------------------------------ ID | Title |Keywords (ts_vector) ------------------------------------------------------ ...
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How can I write a proper query to JOIN all of these tables without duplicates?

Let's say I have four tables: TABLE: players COLUMNS: id, first_name, last_name TABLE: passing_stats COLUMNS: id, year, passing_yards (several other passing columns) TABLE: rushing_stats ...
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Running different instances of SQL Server from different networks on one box

I want to be able to run SQLSMS and select an instance to connect to but the instances are on different networks. I remotely log on to our server and from there, I want to be able to access our ...
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Stored procedure executes too long

We use SQL Server 2008. When I am watching in SQL Server Profiler I found some queries that take for example 20 seconds. The same query (in a stored procedure) when executed in SQL Server Management ...
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Executing a very large SQL file

I have a 830mb .sql file which is a scripted DB. I wish to execute this SQL so it will create and insert data into a database on a hosted server. I cannot get it to open in SQL Server Management ...
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How to split a string to and get info from another table in mysql

I have a system to assign score for each sentence stored in a column: TABLE 1: word_scores word score this 3 is 4 a 5 test 1 another 0 sentence 8 TABLE 2: ...
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How to Update same table on deletion in MYSQL?

In my Database I have a table: Employee with recursive association, an employee can be boss of other employee. Following is query I used to create table: CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `Employee` ...
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Restore Backup Fails - File 'Db' cannot be restored to '{…}.mdf'. Use WITH MOVE to identify a valid location for the file

I am getting the following errors trying to do a restore using the restore command on a backup file I recieved from a customer. RESTORE DATABASE SFDB FROM DISK = N'C:\Backup\Backup.bak' Any ...
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Emulate REGEXP like behaviour in SQL

I posted the same on stackoverflow (please, let me know if I have to delete one). I'm working on a DB2 database and as far as I can see regexp is not supported (without additional libraries). So I ...
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Select data based on records created_at column

I have two tables Keywords, ProjectReports: http://sqlfiddle.com/#!15/06ae3/1 As you can see in that example everything works fine, but I want to get more data from those 2 tables and I don't know ...
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Speed up bulkinsert on sql server

We're doing some testing and this involves adding 10.000 rows every 10seconds in a table that has 4 int columns and one of them is clustered index. When we run the app the first bulkcopy takes around ...
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In Microsoft SQL Server 2008, syntax generates the error “The Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) features are not enabled.”

I have the following virtual column generated from an aggregate over a sorted partition, MIN(picture_id) OVER ( PARTITION BY [360_set] ORDER BY picture_id ASC ) However, when I execute that, I get ...
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Transform XPath map into XML document using relational data

Background Most modern databases have XML functions that can be used to extract data in an XML format. I want to avoid the task of manually calling XML functions to extract the data. This problem ...
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Multiple “GROUP_CONCAT”s with WHERE clause

In a table as id name type info 1 BMW car yes 2 Reno car no 3 IBM electronics no 4 Sony electronics yes 5 Mazda ...
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Restriction on self referencing on insert in MYSQL?

How to restrict insert on adding self referencing rows in a recursive relation table (a table contains foreign key points itself). mysql> SELECT * FROM Employee; ...
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Querying a database efficiently for a huge chunk of data

Here is my query SELECT * FROM ( SELECT a.*, rownum rnum FROM ( SELECT id, data FROM t ORDER BY id ) a ...
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CREATE INDEX for long columns

I am looking for alternative to create index on long column: create table line ( field_key integer not null, value varchar(4000), ... ); create index key_value_idx on line ...
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Is staggering reindexing jobs a good strategy?

I have inherited a server with 35 databases and a job that reindexes all tables on all databases (using sp_MSForEachTable). It's taking over 14 hours to complete and is now blocking other processes. ...
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SQL Server 08: Union over while

I've done some reading on this, and I keep seeing people say it's a bad idea, but hear me out! I have a stored procedure which needs to find a series of timeslots over a number of days. Due to the ...
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Check Index Fragementation Query

I'm completely stumped. I'm a relatively new SQL Server DBA so I'm at a loss with the following situation; hoping maybe someone had an idea. I have a new production SQL Server (Windows Server ...
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optimize the query with big and low cardinality

I have big enough dataset and few joins to get them all with help next query: SELECT DISTINCT c.c_id FROM c_active z1 INNER JOIN cs c ON (z1.cv_id=c.cv_id) INNER JOIN indi i ON (c.m_id=i.m_id) INNER ...
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type recognition with MonetDB, *create* tables from CSVs

I am confused whether you can copy records into a new table in MonetDB. The official documentation seems to talk only about copying into existing tables. I have quite a large universe of billions of ...
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Is it possible to query value of SQLNET.EXPIRE_TIME parameter?

Can somebody advice whether it is possible to query for current value of SQLNET.EXPIRE_TIME parameter in Oracle 11 DB? Should select * from v$parameter return value of SQLNET.EXPIRE_TIME (if it ...