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Which schema is better for a shopping project? [closed]

I'm working on a business-to-customer project that has variety of product types. There are a few properties like name, description, brand_id that each product has but there are also many specialized ...
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Embedded select with rank

I am having the hardest time following the tutorials on this site regarding ranking with MySQL. I have a larger problem than others seem to show. My table is constantly updating with single answers ...
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Group when there are multiple items by a particular user within a certain timeframe [closed]

SELECT * FROM ( SELECT articles.id, articles.author_id, users.username, COUNT(articles.id) AS number_of_articles, GROUP_CONCAT(DISTINCT articles.id) AS articles_published FROM articles ...
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Why should a key be made explicit?

I am very new to the subject of databases so this may sound ignorant, but I am curious why a key should be made explicit within a table. Is this primarily to tell the user that the given column value ...
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Order by column should have index or not?

I have added indexes to table which are used for searching result. I am showing results by ASC or DESC order. So that column should have index or not? I have 2 more indexes on that table. How ...
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Stored Procedure to return dynamically created table data

Quick back story, we are working with an outside vendor that has a survey system. The system is not necessarily designed the best in that when you create a new survey and the system creates a new ...
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How does using separate schemas affect SQL Server 2008 performance?

I want to use separate schemas for objects with different purposes in our SQL Server 2008 database. Right now we use a fairly mind-numbing naming convention to indicate the purpose of a table or ...
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Updating 700 million rows to same value

I've got a data warehouse (oracle) where I need to set a column to the same value for all 700 million rows. I don't have admin access, or access to an admin, so this needs to be accomplished with ...
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How do you submit a List of items to a Stored Procedure to limit results? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Passing array parameters to a stored procedure Lets say you want to filter results by a List of uniqueidentifiers such that your SQL statement would read: WHERE ...
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How do I do a complex GROUP BY in MySQL?

I have a table that contains several keys into other tables (where each key is comprised of multiple columns). I would like to be able to group rows together that have an equal key, but I don't want ...
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Why not rebuild indexes with page count <1000?

I use Ola Hallengrens script for Index maintenance. Before I did that, I used the following query to see which indexes are fragmented most: SELECT dbschemas.[name] as 'Schema', dbtables.[name] as ...
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Database design: Dividing multiple identical tables, good or bad?

I am very new at SQL and databases in general. I only use them for the occasional homework so I haven't even tried to master them. I have seats at a theater, the seats are divided into 4 main areas ...
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Why do we have SHRINKDATABASE command in SQL Server

I have read across the internet where Finest Developer says shrinkdatabse should be avoided as it causes increase in fragmentation and decrease in performance . I would like to know from you guys ...
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Table order in Join Query

if i say: Table1 left join Table2 is it the same as saying Table2 right join Table1 ? In other words, should i expect to get the same results from 2 identical queries where the only thing that is ...
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Using Foreign Key and References for ON DELETE CASCADE in mysql

I was thinking that these two ways for creating foreign keys are the same CREATE TABLE child1 ( id int(11) not null auto_increment, parent_id int(11) REFERENCES parent_table(parent_id) ON DELETE ...
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Do SQL Server stored procedures cache data results?

I have heard this from friends, but I never investigated whether this is true. Is it true that the data results of an executed query are stored in cache? I mean, if I have a stored procedure like : ...
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Database locking issues?

I have run into a transaction related issue on a SQL Server 2008 production database. A brief overview is that we have a website that has numerous concurrent users around the state, who do GUI type ...
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Using totals on aggregates to improve performance

I have two tables: details and totals of these details. Details (Slow solution): select OrderId = r.OrderId , TotalQty = SUM(r.Quantity) , ...
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generate_series for multiple record types in postgresql

I have two tables that I want to query: pest_counts and pests which look like: pests id | name ---+-------------- 1 | Thrip 2 | Fungus Gnats pest_counts id | pest_id | date | count ...
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Create smaller row from alias and preserve column names

Using Postgres: SELECT users."name" AS "name" , array_to_json(array_agg(sites)) as sites FROM remodel.users AS users JOIN remodel.user_sites AS user_sites ON users.id=user_sites.user JOIN ...
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Optimizing concurrent updates in Postgres

I'm running concurrent Postgres queries like this: UPDATE foo SET bar = bar + 1 WHERE baz = 1234 Each query affects the fixed K number of rows, and I can't find a way to enforce the order in which ...
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“lock request time out period exceeded” Error When Trying to See DB Hierarchies

I'm having problems with a database. I can run basic queries, albeit much slower than normal. When I attempt to view the hierarchy trees for tables, views, or procedures in SSMS Object Explorer, I ...
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Database table and NULLs

I know that there have been many opinions/sides concerning NULL values in a database. I have not understood though what is the best practice for this. I.e. if I have a relational table with an ...
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SQL Server configuration / specification recommendations and advice!

I am about to deploy a new server at work as follows: Dell T610 2 x Xeon 2.53 Quad core 24 GB RAM 1 x Perc H700 RAID controller with 1GB Non Volatile memory 8 x 300GB 15k SAS Hard drives I am looking ...
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Combine two event tables for multiple timelines into a single result set

This question is an extension to a question I've previously asked that was overly simplified. The more accurate example is demonstrated in this SQLFiddle, where I demonstrate a working (but slow) ...
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Sort by number of related rows in referencing table

Let there be two tables: Users id [pk] | name --------+--------- 1 | Alice 2 | Bob 3 | Charlie 4 | Dan Emails id | user_id | email ----+---------+------- 1 | 1 ...
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TSQL command to delete backup files older than N hours

Can anyone please help me with a TSQL commmand to delete backup files older than N hours?
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Difference between count(*) and count(1) in mysql?

In MySql we can count the total number of records by using count(1) or count(*). Is there any technical difference between them?
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Using Same CASE WHEN Conditions For Multiple Query Columns

Is there a "better" way to rewrite a SELECT clause where multiple columns use the same CASE WHEN conditions so that the conditions are only checked once? See the example below. SELECT CASE ...
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oracle format specifiers: to_number vs to_char

SQL> select TO_NUMBER(123.56,'999.9') from dual; select TO_NUMBER(123.56,'999.9') from dual * ERROR at line 1: ORA-01722: invalid number SQL> select TO_CHAR(123.56,'999.9') ...
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How do I make MySQL auto increment in random order?

I have a table that contains several keys into other tables (where each key is comprised of multiple columns). I would like to create a new column for each key that would be an integer such that ...
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Select multiple columns from subquery - Connect by

I have a table which manages folder structure. Hence it has a parent-child relationship. We trigger a query to sum all documents in the complete heirarchy: SELECT folder_name name, ...
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How can i return the max of a sum by each team?

I have a lot of teams and i want to know the maximum of sum total of each team. This's my query : SELECT campaign_id, campaign_identifier, team, campaign_name, ...
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Get the last 5 distinct values for each ID

I'm working with PostgreSQL 9.4. I have a table that contains the following entries: id | postcode | date_created ---+----------+----------------- 14 | al2 2qp | 2015-09-23 14:46:57 14 | al2 ...
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Use column values in ORDER BY and LIMIT clauses

I have this table in a Postgres 9.3 database: I need to use the content of columns order and limit to sort and filter this table. The table will be sorted by column first_name. The final result ...
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Grouping() equivalent in PostgreSQL?

I have a SQL query that runs in MS SQL Server and it has grouping(), rank() and rollup() functions / keywords in it. The query is given below. How can this be translated to PostgreSQL? select top ...
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Migrate all databases from one SQL Server 2005 to another

We have a production SQL Server 2005 server on which we are hosting 200 databases. We want to host these databases on our new server. On new server SQL Server 2005 is installed and is ready. I want ...
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SQL Server 2008 R2 Upgrade (Express to Standard) fails. No “Select Instance”

Hello there, i got stuck in the progress of upgrading 3 systems from SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Edition --> SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition Problem: The Option "Select Instance" in the ...
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How to separate out individual sql statements from Oracle SQL script for execution from java code

I have Oracle DB 11g Enterprise Edition and I want to execute sql script from my java code. I am reading this sql script from a .sql file and the script contains statements such as create table, ...
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COUNT of rows with parent id equal to the row we have with a parent id of 0 in one query

I'd like to do the following in one query using MySQL: grab a row that has a parent_id of 0 grab a count of all the rows that have a parent_id of the row that we grabbed which has a parent_id of 0 ...
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How to get a row_number to have the behavior of dense_rank

I have a stored procedure will be used to page through data. One of the requirements of the procedure is to have a parameter that will be used to sort two columns of data, the sorting should be used ...
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Checking a wide table for nulls [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Test if any fields are NULL I am new here. I have a table with 70-odd columns. Is there a way I can check the number of rows with at least one null value in any column ...
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Why so many logical reads?

I have a very simple query that is showing in Activity monitor and other statistics as having the most logical reads on my entire DB server. SELECT MAX(RESULT_DATE) FROM TABLEX mm WITH (NOLOCK) JOIN ...
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Unique time range or database schema for a scheduling system

I'm having to design a table which contains scheduled times for media to be displayed. These scheduled times should not overlap. In my SheduledSlot table I have: id integer PRIMARY KEY begin ...
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A query submitted from different applications has differing DOP

I have a query which selects from multiple views and is fairly I/O heavy. If I execute this query using Management Studio it uses parallelism across most of the 16 CPUs and completes in under 10 ...
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How to return rows between two datetimes stored as date and time?

How to view the result between 2 dates and times? My current Code: SELECT * FROM [DB].[dbo].[TABLE] WHERE [USER_ID] = '005' AND [DATE] BETWEEN '03-04-2016' AND '04-04-2016' AND [TIME] >= ...
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How to show rows with 0 without any records in database

I have a lot of record in my database and for data analysis, I need to show count of records for each day including days when I do not have any record, so result is 0. For example I have these ...
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Choosing a PK: VARCHAR(2) or SMALLINT(2)?

Today we were discussing the following: Brazil has 27 states and each one has its own abbreviation (just like USA). So we've got RJ for Rio de Janeiro, SP for São Paulo, MG for Minas Gerais and so ...
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How to get 0 as array_length() result when there are no elements

I have a query like this: select id, array_length(users_who_like_ids,1) as ct from queryables order by 2 desc; But empty arrays (with no elements) sort on top. I'd rather have array_length() return ...
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PostgreSQL LIKE query on ARRAY field

Is there any way to have a Postgres LIKE query on a ARRAY field? Currently I want something like that: SELECT * FROM list WHERE lower(array_field) LIKE '1234%' Currently lower is not needed that ...