The set of rules that define the combinations of symbols that are considered to be correctly structured for that language.

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What is the purpose of the USING parameter in SQL?

Working with some code on a standard MySQL database, and I came across this statement: SELECT * FROM foo LEFT JOIN bar USING ('bar_id') WHERE foo_id = 1 What's throwing me is: what is USING for, ...
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What is the easiest way to move data from Oracle to SQL Server?

One of our products supports both Oracle and SQL Server as database backend. We have a customer who wishes to switch from an Oracle backend to Microsoft SQL Server, which isn't a typical transition ...
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create trigger which inserts rows depending on enum values?

I'm quite new to triggers and I ran into general problems. I'd like to achieve this: CREATE TABLE `searcharticles` ( `articleID` int(11) unsigned NOT NULL, `ean` char(13) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci ...
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MySQL Set UTC time as default timestamp

How do I set a timestamp column whose default value is the current UTC time? MySQL uses UTC_TIMESTAMP() function for UTC timestamp: mysql> SELECT UTC_TIMESTAMP(); +---------------------+ | ...
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Is it possible to make a reference to the result of an aggregate function in a SELECT clause from the same SELECT clause?

I'm not a Database Administrator--just a Software Engineer. I would like to know if it is possible to reduce the following T-SQL query: SELECT SUM(Price * Quantity) as 'Total', SUM(Price * ...
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How to schedule function in Oracle?

I want to schedule function in Oracle. begin dbms_scheduler.create_job(job_name => 'aud_clear', job_type => 'PLSQL_BLOCK', ...
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How does pgAdmin III build CREATE statements?

In PostgreSQL, there is no SHOW CREATE statement, known for example from MySQL. But when you use the pgAdmin III client program and go to object details, you see the corresponding CREATE statement. ...
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helping hand for sql server resources

I'm just getting into SQL-SERVER, so forgive me if this is a basic question. I need help, recently work on database programming, For my query development, to understand complex query, to can ...
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Performance difference for COALESCE versus ISNULL?

I've seen a lot of people use the COALESCE function in place of ISNULL. From internet searches, I've found that COALESCE is ANSI standard, so there is an advantage that we know what to expect when ...
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How do I declare and use variables in Oracle?

My main skills are with SQL Server, but I have been asked to do some tuning of an Oracle query. I have written the following SQL: declare @startDate int select @startDate = 20110501 And I get this ...
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How can I fix the Oracle syntax of this update by the result of a select in Oracle 10g?

I have a problem with an update statement, that I developed under 11g, when running under 10g. I reduced the problem to: Create table test ( col1 number(10) ); insert into test values (1); ...
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Why can't I call my UDF directly? Why do I need to qualify it 3 levels deep?

I just created a UDF and testing it I found only works when I use this syntax SELECT [PMIS].[dbo].[fnIsReportingTo] (50,1132) I was expecting it to work like this: select * from fnIsReportingTo ...
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SQL Server 2005 : How to use pivot instead of a bunch of case statements?

Please show me how I can modify this SQL select to use pivot instead of all the case statements. SELECT t.ProjectId, COALESCE(MAX(ExecutiveChampion), 'n/a'), ...
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Peculiar Oracle outer join syntax case

I have seen the following in a query that was supposed to be ported from Oracle outer join syntax to SQL standard outer join syntax: SELECT ... FROM A, B, C, D, E WHERE A.A_ID = B.A_ID AND B.B_ID = ...
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Are there tools for SQL-Server helping to add the semicolons?

Earlier versions of SQL-Server didn't recommend the use of semicolons to terminate sql-statements. Beginning with sql-server-2008 examples show, that now Microsoft recommends terminating with ...