I want to run the following query:

SELECT x, y, z
FROM table1
WHERE y!=0

then I want to do the following:

if z column has a non-null entry do:
1. copy the content of z into A
2. drop z
FROM Dummy 

What the second query essentially tries to do is that copy those rows of z into A which have no missing values. My question is how can we write query 2 and if there is a way to merge these two queries into one for optimisation?

Any help/advice much appreciated.

  • Do you mean (update/delete & select) in one single query? And where column a comes from? – McNets Nov 5 '18 at 16:36
  • Yes, I guess. This is what I mean. Column A is created based on the condition if z column has non-null entries. – T.H. Nov 5 '18 at 16:39
  • There's no way to Update and Drop in the same query, no. – Mark Sinkinson Nov 5 '18 at 16:50

Since you aren't using column y, you can ignore it in your first query. Then, you can simplify this with a single statement:

    A = z
FROM table1
WHERE y!=0 and z is not null
  • Thanks for this but I am sorry I did not understand the solution. I think I was not clear in my question. I am trying to create a new column 'A' which has the contents of column z only when there are non-null entries in z (i.e z column has no missing data). – T.H. Nov 5 '18 at 16:48
  • @T.H. then the simplified edit should work – scsimon Nov 5 '18 at 16:55

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