Structured Query Language (SQL) is a language for managing data in relational database management systems. This tag is for general SQL programming questions; it is not for Microsoft SQL Server (for this, use the sql-server tag), nor does it refer to specific dialects of SQL on its own.

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Do common relational database systems work 'out of the box'? [on hold]

I'm quite new to software development and whenever I come across small projects which involve storing (relational) data I always ask myself if something like a micro-blog (or any other project with ...
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Why store flags/enums in a database as strings instead of integers?

I've been browsing SQL dumps of some famous CMSes, including Drupal 7, Wordpress (some quite very old version), and some custom application based on Python. All of these dumps contained data with ...
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Qt connection Sql Server (universal connection string)

I am developing a software to connect to sql server. The problem is, ¿i don't know wich sql server is used?, and my question is ¿if exist a universal connection String?. I read many cases and in ...
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Knowing when a SQL table is done updating before Querying

I am using a self hosted windows service WEB API as the layer between my Windows 8 App and a SQL Server Database because Windows 8 apps can't directly connect to SQL server like win forms or pretty ...
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Using a masterID in sql to merge different item types

I am designing tables in sql for a small ticketing system. One of the demands is that a user/agent can post a ticket to either a department or an agent. Now if I have a child parent table where each ...
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Do Temporary tables have any form of index in SQL?

Consider a simple query like this: SELECT * FROM DATA JOIN ( SELECT * FROM DATA )TEMPORARY_DATA ON TEMPORARY_DATA.DATA_IDN = DATA.DATA_IDN What is the performance of this? Is it O(n2) because ...
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SQL code gives an foreign key error [migrated]

It's my first time posting in here and I'm a bit stuck with a small piece of SQL code. Hopefully one of you master programmers have a solution to it. I have set up a Wordpress childtheme and I am ...
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Is there a difference between SQL INSERT patterns

SQL inserts are usually documented like so: INSERT TableName (Column1, Column2) VALUES ('Value1', 'Value2') However, in TSQL it's also possible to write the (seemingly) same statement like so: ...
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SQL Query based on URL [migrated]

I have a sql query which brings back information based on the Sessions Cookie. I want to make a link to a users profile and have a url like account.php?id=Danny Then i want to run a sql query but ...
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SQL - Designing a Threshold value table

I need to design an SQL table to be used for "threshold" or special values, which in general would have the following properties: - key - value - comparer (less than and greater than as a start, ...
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Is there any reason not to allow negative numbers to be entered into a JSP field labeled for positive numbers?

Our application, a fairly complicated money ledger, has a JSP field for entering a certain type of money due, balanced by payments made towards that amount due. In the application, this field is ...
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Where to put a common database connection for my classes

I have several classes (Repositories) which do the task of saving/retrieving some objects in/from database; all of them need to establish a connection to one database. I thought in order to avoid ...
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Where should business logic involving SQL go? [duplicate]

I have this question that's been bugging me all day. I have a function like this: public void voidUsersByUserId(List<Integer> userIds) { Query query = ...
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How do you unit test \ use TDD methods for ETL's and reporting projects?

ETL projects are projects created using an ETL (Extract - Transform - Load) tool such as SSIS, PowerCenter,etc These typically involve reading data from an external source, loading it to a staging ...
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NoSQL within SQL Server

This question is not about the difference between SQL and NoSQL. I am looking for some rationale for something that really does not make sense to me at the moment (maybe because of my lack of ...
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How to infer the result of a query?

To understand what a query does, I have always thought the following is the procedure on evaluating a query: Form the table as specified in the FROM clause. Pick the rows from that table as ...
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SQL - for some attributes specific to different clients' users, how to handle schema?

I have clients, each of whom have an app with a bunch of users. Their user data could be pretty different, but there is also a lot of overlap. Ex: all their users have "gender" and "age" and plenty ...
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Object Storage where Object Type is variable

From time to time, we come across a problem where we must store an object, but we don't know in advance what kind of object we're going to store. I'm going to give a very simple example. Requirement: ...
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Sanity check SQL [closed]

Is there any tools/processes to check SQL does not contain any possible issues. For example we had an SQL ran that forgot to put a where clause on an update and mistakenly updated the entire table. ...
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How to deal with requests that don't conform to the existing data structure?

The system I'm working on has a list of assets that belong to different customers of the company. This data is saved on an SQL database. Removing irrelevant data, let's say the table is like this: ...
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Is using triggers best solution for this scenario

A large SQL transactional database has more than 100 tables (and it will grow). One of them is called Order. Then, there is another table WorkLoad which derives from Order and many other joined table ...
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How would you design a user database with custom fields

This question is around how should I design a database, it can be relational / nosql databases, depending on what will be the better solution Given a requirement where you'll need to create a ...
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Always set form input max length?

Background I'm looking to put together a single page web application with many form inputs. I've run into issues with other web pages where there is an ugly SQL error sent to the user if the ...
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Injectable, Poppable Stack

Background A project involves converting a relational expression map (rxm) to an XML/SQL statement. The map resembles: root > people, # "root" keyword starts the document ...
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How to use an Address Gazatteer in an application that contains addresses [closed]

Say I had access to the post office address file (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postcode_Address_File) and wanted to cleanse about one million addresses. I am trying to think of an "algorithm" to do ...
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SQL - Algorithm for finding availability of a resource

I'm having trouble creating a mysql compatible algorithm for this. Background App with mysql, perl and JS. It's a booking system where each booking is comprised of a start, end and qty. Start and ...
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Preserving Pre-formatted Multi-Line Strings in Node.js Scripts

There is a lot I don't like about PHP, but one thing I love is multi-line strings: $query = <<<EOT select field1 ,field2 ,field3 from tableName where field1 = 123 EOT; ...
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What is the “correct” way to store functions in a database?

Note: Yes, I know that storing functions in databases should be punishable by law. We are developing a financial web application using PostgreSQL, Sinatra and AngularJS. As you may have guessed, a ...
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Integration tests of SQL logic

In my daily work, I use a lot of SQL logic (oracle stored procedures and SQL functions). To limit the code regression on the implemented code I make what I call "integration scripts" : C# scripts that ...
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Use of NOLOCK on Microsoft SQL Server

The (NOLOCK) optimizer hint is well known by most SQL developers for setting the isolation level so that tables with rows or escalated page locks can be read. I've always known about the bad and ugly; ...
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Is a series of OR or a single IN SQL statement better?

I'm using MS SQL 2008 R2. I have been using a series of OR and have an issue where my app periodically give the following error: Exception message: Timeout expired. The timeout period elapsed prior ...
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How should I compare two database tables - with SQL or using Java? [closed]

I have two tables with different structure. I should compare ID from 1st table with ID of the intermediate table and then comapre TXT field of the intermediate table with TXT field of the 2nd table. ...
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Software development - The industry & general trends / Bad practices [duplicate]

I am a Web Developer and part of a small team working on an abundance of projects. This is my first "actual" real company after graduating with a degree in computer Science and I have about 2 years ...
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Merging user activities into one stream with a common representation

My social network website currently has forum threads and posts gallery pictures albums on the users' profiles group discussions classifieds I would like to create one "stream" of activity. It ...
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One of my team members committed SQL injection-vulnerable code; should I report it to the manager? [closed]

One of my team members committed a huge mistake; a clear SQL injection-vulnerability. It obviously didn't pass my peer review and I made very clear that this is unacceptable. I never saw this ...
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Using SQL queries in loops

Is it a bad idea? I need to compare each entry.Key value in a Dictionary of strings to a SQL table. If there is a match, then I pull the data from that row. I was originally going to use a foreach ...
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Is there any material difference between queries joined by WHERE clauses, and queries using an actual JOIN?

In Learn SQL the Hard Way (exercise six), the author presents the following query: SELECT pet.id, pet.name, pet.age, pet.dead FROM pet, person_pet, person WHERE pet.id = person_pet.pet_id ...
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Storing Dates & Times in SQL [closed]

I have a tool that I am working on which allows people to create meetings. They can select the Date, Time & Timezone that this meeting is occurring in. I need to determine the best way to store ...
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Should I use foreign keys in my database if I use laravel?

I'm creating a website with Laravel for the first time. I checked relationships documentation today and it seems that Laravel just uses simple SQL queries. class User extends Eloquent { public ...
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What kind of user info is ok to be stored as plain text in SQL Database?

I'm practicing around building e-commerce asp.net applications that allows for users to register to the site and their user credentials are stored in a MySQL database. In my sample project the ...
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Clients connect to WCF or SQL Server

I was wondering what is the prefered way of accessing data from a server in a client application. The data will be stored on the server in an SQL database and I have previously used the following 2 ...
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Implementing “Trending Items” using linear regression in SQL Server

I'm building an MVC .NET website where people can rate and review movies (similar to IMDb). I'm using SQL Server for the back-end. I'll be implementing a feature where the homepage displays trending ...
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Sending a notification to each participant 3 hours before the meeting starts

Let's assume an application that deals with meetings where some users will participate. What is an efficient way to achieve this use case: 3 hours before the meeting should start, one reminder mail ...
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What is the best way to format complex SQL queries in Node?

I am using node-mysql to query a MySQL database via Express and Node. My queries are getting fairly complex and I want to format them across multiple lines. However, the only way I could accomplish ...
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Historical precedent for why Prolog is less popular than SQL in Imperative Programming? [closed]

It seems that writing Declarative SQL is very popular in Imperative Programming. However, it also seems that writing Declarative Prolog could save a lot of complexity but this is not very common. ...
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ASP.NET MVC should I reference the DAL from the UI?

I am developing an ASP.NET MVC application, and I have three projects: UI (with the system.web.mvc reference, BL and DAL references) BL (business facade and business objects) DAL (contains my ...
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Django Project Logic Solution

I'm starting to develop my first webapp, and I'm using django. Before anything I'm working on the software logic, how it should work, the links and objects it needs. The problem is: I need the app ...
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Stored Procedures, ORMs and other application layers

I'm just starting out on a project to develop a new, fairly substantial web application which has an underlying MSSQL database. We're hiring a team of developers to write the application (in .NET) and ...
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An algorithm that spreads similar items across a list

I need an algorithm that distributes same items across a list, so maximizing the distance between occurrences. E.g. I have a list of 15 items: {a,b,c,c,c,d,e,f,f,f,g,h,h,i,j} The algorithm should ...
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Why is most SQL written in YELLING? [duplicate]

On MySQL at least, the following two queries are functionally identical: select * from users limit 0, 1000; SELECT * FROM users LIMIT 0, 1000; However, most example sites and most developers I've ...