Tag Archives: sql

“a SQL” or “an SQL”?

*+-This is an age old question and of course the answer depends on how you say “SQL”. … a Structured Query Language statement… … a Sequel statement… … an Es Queue El statement… (I say it this way) Different people say it different ways. Most of the time I don’t notice, but I just read something by […]

Pattern Matching (MATCH_RECOGNIZE) in Oracle Database 12c

*+-I’ve spent the last couple of evenings playing with the new SQL pattern matching feature in Oracle 12c. Pattern Matching (MATCH_RECOGNIZE) in Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1) I’m doing some sessions on analytic functions in some upcoming conferences and I thought I should look at this stuff. I’m not really going to include much, […]

Should SQL have a compulsory ORDER BY clause?

*+-How many times have you heard someone say, “The rows always came back in the correct order, but since the *event* it’s now wrong. The *event* may be an upgrade or some maintenance task on the table etc. Oracle clearly say, “Use the ORDER BY clause to order rows returned by the statement. Without an ORDER BY clause, […]

Oracle Database SQL Expert (1Z0-047) Notes…

*+-About 7 months ago I wrote about sitting the Oracle Database SQL Expert (1Z0-047) exam. Since then I’ve been promising myself I’d write some articles about some of the sections tested by the exam. Lots of the content is pretty straight forward if you’ve been writing SQL for a few years. Also, there are lots of things that are covered […]

Oracle Database SQL Expert (1Z0-047)…

*+-I can see this post degenerating into a rant, so I would like to preemptively appologize to anyone involved in the production of this exam. I’m guessing it’s a real pain to develop these exams, especially when some ass like me starts moaning about them. Added to that, I’m guessing the word “Expert” means slightly […]