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An Introduction to Queries in MySQL


Introduction

Databases are a key component of many websites and applications, and are at the core of how data is stored and exchanged across the internet. One of the most important aspects of database management is the practice of retrieving data from a database, whether it’s on an ad hoc basis or part of a process that’s been coded into an application. There are several ways to retrieve information from a database, but one of the most commonly-used methods is performed through submitting queries through the command line.

In relational database management systems, a query is any command used to retrieve data from a table. In Structured Query Language (SQL), queries are almost always made using the SELECT statement.

In this guide, we will discuss the basic syntax of SQL queries as well as some of the more commonly-employed functions and operators. We will also practice making SQL queries using some sample data in a MySQL database.

MySQL is an open-source relational database management system. One of the most widely-deployed SQL-databases, MySQL prioritizes speed, reliability, and usability. It generally follows the ANSI SQL standard, although there are a few cases where MySQL performs operations differently than the recognized standard.


Prerequisites

In general, the commands and concepts presented in this guide can be used on any Linux-based operating system running any SQL database software. However, it was written specifically with an Ubuntu 18.04 server running MySQL in mind. To set this up, you will need the following:

With this setup in place, we can begin the tutorial.


Creating a Sample Database

Before we can begin making queries in SQL, we will first create a database and a couple tables, then populate these tables with some sample data. This will allow you to gain some hands-on experience when you begin making queries later on.

For the sample database we’ll use throughout this guide, imagine the following scenario:

You and several of your friends all celebrate your birthdays with one another. On each occasion, the members of the group head to the local bowling alley, participate in a friendly tournament, and then everyone heads to your place where you prepare the birthday-person’s favorite meal.

Now that this tradition has been going on for a while, you’ve decided to begin tracking the records from these tournaments. Also, to make planning dinners easier, you decide to create a record of your friends’ birthdays and their favorite entrees, sides, and desserts. Rather than keep this information in a physical ledger, you decide to exercise your database skills by recording it in a MySQL database.

To begin, open up a MySQL prompt as your root MySQL user:

sudo mysql

Note: If you followed the prerequisite the tutorial on Installing MySQL on Ubuntu 18.04, you may have configured your root user to authenticate using a password. In this case, you will connect to the MySQL prompt with the following command:

mysql -u root -p

Next, create the database by running:

CREATE DATABASE birthdays;

Then select this database by typing:

USE birthdays;

Next, create two tables within this database. We’ll use the first table to track your friends’ records at the bowling alley. The following command will create a table called tourneys with columns for the name of each of your friends, the number of tournaments they’ve won (wins), their all-time best score, and what size bowling shoe they wear (size):

CREATE TABLE tourneys (
name varchar(30),
wins real,
best real,
size real
);

Once you run the CREATE TABLE command and populate it with column headings, you’ll receive the following output:

OutputQuery OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

Populate the tourneys table with some sample data:

INSERT INTO tourneys (name, wins, best, size)
VALUES (‘Dolly’, ‘7’, ‘245’, ‘8.5’),
(‘Etta’, ‘4’, ‘283’, ‘9’),
(‘Irma’, ‘9’, ‘266’, ‘7’),
(‘Barbara’, ‘2’, ‘197’, ‘7.5’),
(‘Gladys’, ‘13’, ‘273’, ‘8’);

You’ll receive an output like this:

OutputQuery OK, 5 rows affected (0.01 sec)
Records: 5 Duplicates: 0 Warnings: 0

Following this, create another table within the same database which we’ll use to store information about your friends’ favorite birthday meals. The following command creates a table named dinners with columns for the name of each of your friends, their birthdate, their favorite entree, their preferred side dish, and their favorite dessert:

CREATE TABLE dinners (
name varchar(30),
birthdate date,
entree varchar(30),
side varchar(30),
dessert varchar(30)
);

Similarly for this table, you’ll receive feedback confirming that the command ran successfully:

OutputQuery OK, 0 rows affected (0.01 sec)

Populate this table with some sample data as well:

INSERT INTO dinners (name, birthdate, entree, side, dessert)
VALUES (‘Dolly’, ‘1946-01-19’, ‘steak’, ‘salad’, ‘cake’),
(‘Etta’, ‘1938-01-25’, ‘chicken’, ‘fries’, ‘ice cream’),
(‘Irma’, ‘1941-02-18’, ‘tofu’, ‘fries’, ‘cake’),
(‘Barbara’, ‘1948-12-25’, ‘tofu’, ‘salad’, ‘ice cream’),
(‘Gladys’, ‘1944-05-28’, ‘steak’, ‘fries’, ‘ice cream’);

OutputQuery OK, 5 rows affected (0.00 sec)
Records: 5 Duplicates: 0 Warnings: 0

Once that command completes successfully, you’re done setting up your database. Next, we’ll go over the basic command structure of SELECT queries.


Understanding SELECT Statements

As mentioned in the introduction, SQL queries almost always begin with the SELECT statement. SELECT is used in queries to specify which columns from a table should be returned in the result set. Queries also almost always include FROM, which is used to specify which table the statement will query.

Generally, SQL queries follow this syntax:

SELECT column_to_select FROM table_to_select WHERE certain_conditions_apply;

By way of example, the following statement will return the entire name column from the dinners table:

SELECT name FROM dinners;

Output±--------+
| name |
±--------+
| Dolly |
| Etta |
| Irma |
| Barbara |
| Gladys |
±--------+
5 rows in set (0.00 sec)

You can select multiple columns from the same table by separating their names with a comma, like this:

SELECT name, birthdate FROM dinners;

Output±--------±-----------+
| name | birthdate |
±--------±-----------+
| Dolly | 1946-01-19 |
| Etta | 1938-01-25 |
| Irma | 1941-02-18 |
| Barbara | 1948-12-25 |
| Gladys | 1944-05-28 |
±--------±-----------+
5 rows in set (0.00 sec)

Instead of naming a specific column or set of columns, you can follow the SELECT operator with an asterisk (*) which serves as a placeholder representing all the columns in a table. The following command returns every column from the tourneys table:

SELECT * FROM tourneys;

Output±--------±-----±-----±-----+
| name | wins | best | size |
±--------±-----±-----±-----+
| Dolly | 7 | 245 | 8.5 |
| Etta | 4 | 283 | 9 |
| Irma | 9 | 266 | 7 |
| Barbara | 2 | 197 | 7.5 |
| Gladys | 13 | 273 | 8 |
±--------±-----±-----±-----+
5 rows in set (0.00 sec)

WHERE is used in queries to filter records that meet a specified condition, and any rows that do not meet that condition are eliminated from the result. A WHERE clause typically follows this syntax:

. . . WHERE column_name comparison_operator value

The comparison operator in a WHERE clause defines how the specified column should be compared against the value. Here are some common SQL comparison operators:

Operator What it does = tests for equality != tests for inequality < tests for less-than > tests for greater-than <= tests for less-than or equal-to >= tests for greater-than or equal-to BETWEEN tests whether a value lies within a given range IN tests whether a row’s value is contained in a set of specified values EXISTS tests whether rows exist, given the specified conditions LIKE tests whether a value matches a specified string IS NULL tests for NULL values IS NOT NULL tests for all values other than NULL For example, if you wanted to find Irma’s shoe size, you could use the following query:

SELECT size FROM tourneys WHERE name = ‘Irma’;

Output±-----+
| size |
±-----+
| 7 |
±-----+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

SQL allows the use of wildcard characters, and these are especially handy when used in WHERE clauses. Percentage signs (%) represent zero or more unknown characters, and underscores (_) represent a single unknown character. These are useful if you’re trying to find a specific entry in a table, but aren’t sure of what that entry is exactly. To illustrate, let’s say that you’ve forgotten the favorite entree of a few of your friends, but you’re certain this particular entree starts with a “t.” You could find its name by running the following query:

SELECT entree FROM dinners WHERE entree LIKE ‘t%’;

Output±-------+
| entree |
±-------+
| tofu |
| tofu |
±-------+
2 rows in set (0.00 sec)

Based on the output above, we see that the entree we have forgotten is tofu.

There may be times when you’re working with databases that have columns or tables with relatively long or difficult-to-read names. In these cases, you can make these names more readable by creating an alias with the AS keyword. Aliases created with AS are temporary, and only exist for the duration of the query for which they’re created:

SELECT name AS n, birthdate AS b, dessert AS d FROM dinners;

Output±--------±-----------±----------+
| n | b | d |
±--------±-----------±----------+
| Dolly | 1946-01-19 | cake |
| Etta | 1938-01-25 | ice cream |
| Irma | 1941-02-18 | cake |
| Barbara | 1948-12-25 | ice cream |
| Gladys | 1944-05-28 | ice cream |
±--------±-----------±----------+
5 rows in set (0.00 sec)

Here, we have told SQL to display the name column as n, the birthdate column as b, and the dessert column as d.

The examples we’ve gone through up to this point include some of the more frequently-used keywords and clauses in SQL queries. These are useful for basic queries, but they aren’t helpful if you’re trying to perform a calculation or derive a scalar value (a single value, as opposed to a set of multiple different values) based on your data. This is where aggregate functions come into play.


Aggregate Functions

Oftentimes, when working with data, you don’t necessarily want to see the data itself. Rather, you want information about the data. The SQL syntax includes a number of functions that allow you to interpret or run calculations on your data just by issuing a SELECT query. These are known as aggregate functions.

The COUNT function counts and returns the number of rows that match a certain criteria. For example, if you’d like to know how many of your friends prefer tofu for their birthday entree, you could issue this query:

SELECT COUNT(entree) FROM dinners WHERE entree = ‘tofu’;

Output±--------------+
| COUNT(entree) |
±--------------+
| 2 |
±--------------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

The AVG function returns the average (mean) value of a column. Using our example table, you could find the average best score amongst your friends with this query:

SELECT AVG(best) FROM tourneys;

Output±----------+
| AVG(best) |
±----------+
| 252.8 |
±----------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

SUM is used to find the total sum of a given column. For instance, if you’d like to see how many games you and your friends have bowled over the years, you could run this query:

SELECT SUM(wins) FROM tourneys;

Output±----------+
| SUM(wins) |
±----------+
| 35 |
±----------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

Note that the AVG and SUM functions will only work correctly when used with numeric data. If you try to use them on non-numerical data, it will result in either an error or just 0, depending on which RDBMS you’re using:

SELECT SUM(entree) FROM dinners;

Output±------------+
| SUM(entree) |
±------------+
| 0 |
±------------+
1 row in set, 5 warnings (0.00 sec)

MIN is used to find the smallest value within a specified column. You could use this query to see what the worst overall bowling record is so far (in terms of number of wins):

SELECT MIN(wins) FROM tourneys;

Output±----------+
| MIN(wins) |
±----------+
| 2 |
±----------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

Similarly, MAX is used to find the largest numeric value in a given column. The following query will show the best overall bowling record:

SELECT MAX(wins) FROM tourneys;

Output±----------+
| MAX(wins) |
±----------+
| 13 |
±----------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

Unlike SUM and AVG, the MIN and MAX functions can be used for both numeric and alphabetic data types. When run on a column containing string values, the MIN function will show the first value alphabetically:

SELECT MIN(name) FROM dinners;

Output±----------+
| MIN(name) |
±----------+
| Barbara |
±----------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

Likewise, when run on a column containing string values, the MAX function will show the last value alphabetically:

SELECT MAX(name) FROM dinners;

Output±----------+
| MAX(name) |
±----------+
| Irma |
±----------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

Aggregate functions have many uses beyond what was described in this section. They’re particularly useful when used with the GROUP BY clause, which is covered in the next section along with several other query clauses that affect how result sets are sorted.


Manipulating Query Outputs

In addition to the FROM and WHERE clauses, there are several other clauses which are used to manipulate the results of a SELECT query. In this section, we will explain and provide examples for some of the more commonly-used query clauses.

One of the most frequently-used query clauses, aside from FROM and WHERE, is the GROUP BY clause. It’s typically used when you’re performing an aggregate function on one column, but in relation to matching values in another.

For example, let’s say you wanted to know how many of your friends prefer each of the three entrees you make. You could find this info with the following query:

SELECT COUNT(name), entree FROM dinners GROUP BY entree;

Output±------------±--------+
| COUNT(name) | entree |
±------------±--------+
| 1 | chicken |
| 2 | steak |
| 2 | tofu |
±------------±--------+
3 rows in set (0.00 sec)

The ORDER BY clause is used to sort query results. By default, numeric values are sorted in ascending order, and text values are sorted in alphabetical order. To illustrate, the following query lists the name and birthdate columns, but sorts the results by birthdate:

SELECT name, birthdate FROM dinners ORDER BY birthdate;

Output±--------±-----------+
| name | birthdate |
±--------±-----------+
| Etta | 1938-01-25 |
| Irma | 1941-02-18 |
| Gladys | 1944-05-28 |
| Dolly | 1946-01-19 |
| Barbara | 1948-12-25 |
±--------±-----------+
5 rows in set (0.00 sec)

Notice that the default behavior of ORDER BY is to sort the result set in ascending order. To reverse this and have the result set sorted in descending order, close the query with DESC:

SELECT name, birthdate FROM dinners ORDER BY birthdate DESC;

Output±--------±-----------+
| name | birthdate |
±--------±-----------+
| Barbara | 1948-12-25 |
| Dolly | 1946-01-19 |
| Gladys | 1944-05-28 |
| Irma | 1941-02-18 |
| Etta | 1938-01-25 |
±--------±-----------+
5 rows in set (0.00 sec)

As mentioned previously, the WHERE clause is used to filter results based on specific conditions. However, if you use the WHERE clause with an aggregate function, it will return an error, as is the case with the following attempt to find which sides are the favorite of at least three of your friends:

SELECT COUNT(name), side FROM dinners WHERE COUNT(name) >= 3;

OutputERROR 1111 (HY000): Invalid use of group function

The HAVING clause was added to SQL to provide functionality similar to that of the WHERE clause while also being compatible with aggregate functions. It’s helpful to think of the difference between these two clauses as being that WHERE applies to individual records, while HAVING applies to group records. To this end, any time you issue a HAVING clause, the GROUP BY clause must also be present.

The following example is another attempt to find which side dishes are the favorite of at least three of your friends, although this one will return a result without error:

SELECT COUNT(name), side FROM dinners GROUP BY side HAVING COUNT(name) >= 3;

Output±------------±------+
| COUNT(name) | side |
±------------±------+
| 3 | fries |
±------------±------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

Aggregate functions are useful for summarizing the results of a particular column in a given table. However, there are many cases where it’s necessary to query the contents of more than one table. We’ll go over a few ways you can do this in the next section.


Querying Multiple Tables

More often than not, a database contains multiple tables, each holding different sets of data. SQL provides a few different ways to run a single query on multiple tables.

The JOIN clause can be used to combine rows from two or more tables in a query result. It does this by finding a related column between the tables and sorts the results appropriately in the output.

SELECT statements that include a JOIN clause generally follow this syntax:

SELECT table1.column1, table2.column2
FROM table1
JOIN table2 ON table1.related_column=table2.related_column;

Note that because JOIN clauses compare the contents of more than one table, the previous example specifies which table to select each column from by preceding the name of the column with the name of the table and a period. You can specify which table a column should be selected from like this for any query, although it’s not necessary when selecting from a single table, as we’ve done in the previous sections. Let’s walk through an example using our sample data.

Imagine that you wanted to buy each of your friends a pair of bowling shoes as a birthday gift. Because the information about your friends’ birthdates and shoe sizes are held in separate tables, you could query both tables separately then compare the results from each. With a JOIN clause, though, you can find all the information you want with a single query:

SELECT tourneys.name, tourneys.size, dinners.birthdate
FROM tourneys
JOIN dinners ON tourneys.name=dinners.name;

Output±--------±-----±-----------+
| name | size | birthdate |
±--------±-----±-----------+
| Dolly | 8.5 | 1946-01-19 |
| Etta | 9 | 1938-01-25 |
| Irma | 7 | 1941-02-18 |
| Barbara | 7.5 | 1948-12-25 |
| Gladys | 8 | 1944-05-28 |
±--------±-----±-----------+
5 rows in set (0.00 sec)

The JOIN clause used in this example, without any other arguments, is an inner JOIN clause. This means that it selects all the records that have matching values in both tables and prints them to the results set, while any records that aren’t matched are excluded. To illustrate this idea, let’s add a new row to each table that doesn’t have a corresponding entry in the other:

INSERT INTO tourneys (name, wins, best, size)
VALUES (‘Bettye’, ‘0’, ‘193’, ‘9’);

INSERT INTO dinners (name, birthdate, entree, side, dessert)
VALUES (‘Lesley’, ‘1946-05-02’, ‘steak’, ‘salad’, ‘ice cream’);

Then, re-run the previous SELECT statement with the JOIN clause:

SELECT tourneys.name, tourneys.size, dinners.birthdate
FROM tourneys
JOIN dinners ON tourneys.name=dinners.name;

Output±--------±-----±-----------+
| name | size | birthdate |
±--------±-----±-----------+
| Dolly | 8.5 | 1946-01-19 |
| Etta | 9 | 1938-01-25 |
| Irma | 7 | 1941-02-18 |
| Barbara | 7.5 | 1948-12-25 |
| Gladys | 8 | 1944-05-28 |
±--------±-----±-----------+
5 rows in set (0.00 sec)

Notice that, because the tourneys table has no entry for Lesley and the dinners table has no entry for Bettye, those records are absent from this output.

It is possible, though, to return all the records from one of the tables using an outer JOIN clause. In MySQL, JOIN clauses are written as either LEFT JOIN or RIGHT JOIN.

A LEFT JOIN clause returns all the records from the “left” table and only the matching records from the right table. In the context of outer joins, the left table is the one referenced by the FROM clause, and the right table is any other table referenced after the JOIN statement.

Run the previous query again, but this time use a LEFT JOIN clause:

SELECT tourneys.name, tourneys.size, dinners.birthdate
FROM tourneys
LEFT JOIN dinners ON tourneys.name=dinners.name;

This command will return every record from the left table (in this case, tourneys) even if it doesn’t have a corresponding record in the right table. Any time there isn’t a matching record from the right table, it’s returned as NULL or just a blank value, depending on your RDBMS:

Output±--------±-----±-----------+
| name | size | birthdate |
±--------±-----±-----------+
| Dolly | 8.5 | 1946-01-19 |
| Etta | 9 | 1938-01-25 |
| Irma | 7 | 1941-02-18 |
| Barbara | 7.5 | 1948-12-25 |
| Gladys | 8 | 1944-05-28 |
| Bettye | 9 | NULL |
±--------±-----±-----------+
6 rows in set (0.00 sec)

Now run the query again, this time with a RIGHT JOIN clause:

SELECT tourneys.name, tourneys.size, dinners.birthdate
FROM tourneys
RIGHT JOIN dinners ON tourneys.name=dinners.name;

This will return all the records from the right table (dinners). Because Lesley’s birthdate is recorded in the right table, but there is no corresponding row for her in the left table, the name and size columns will return as NULL values in that row:

Output±--------±-----±-----------+
| name | size | birthdate |
±--------±-----±-----------+
| Dolly | 8.5 | 1946-01-19 |
| Etta | 9 | 1938-01-25 |
| Irma | 7 | 1941-02-18 |
| Barbara | 7.5 | 1948-12-25 |
| Gladys | 8 | 1944-05-28 |
| NULL | NULL | 1946-05-02 |
±--------±-----±-----------+
6 rows in set (0.00 sec)

Note that left and right joins can be written as LEFT OUTER JOIN or RIGHT OUTER JOIN, although the OUTER part of the clause is implied. Likewise, specifying INNER JOIN will produce the same result as just writing JOIN.

As an alternative to using JOIN to query records from multiple tables, you can use the UNION clause.

The UNION operator works slightly differently than a JOIN clause: instead of printing results from multiple tables as unique columns using a single SELECT statement, UNION combines the results of two SELECT statements into a single column.

To illustrate, run the following query:

SELECT name FROM tourneys UNION SELECT name FROM dinners;

This query will remove any duplicate entries, which is the default behavior of the UNION operator:

Output±--------+
| name |
±--------+
| Dolly |
| Etta |
| Irma |
| Barbara |
| Gladys |
| Bettye |
| Lesley |
±--------+
7 rows in set (0.00 sec)

To return all entries (including duplicates) use the UNION ALL operator:

SELECT name FROM tourneys UNION ALL SELECT name FROM dinners;

Output±--------+
| name |
±--------+
| Dolly |
| Etta |
| Irma |
| Barbara |
| Gladys |
| Bettye |
| Dolly |
| Etta |
| Irma |
| Barbara |
| Gladys |
| Lesley |
±--------+
12 rows in set (0.00 sec)

The names and number of the columns in the results table reflect the name and number of columns queried by the first SELECT statement. Note that when using UNION to query multiple columns from more than one table, each SELECT statement must query the same number of columns, the respective columns must have similar data types, and the columns in each SELECT statement must be in the same order. The following example shows what might result if you use a UNION clause on two SELECT statements that query a different number of columns:

SELECT name FROM dinners UNION SELECT name, wins FROM tourneys;

OutputERROR 1222 (21000): The used SELECT statements have a different number of columns

Another way to query multiple tables is through the use of subqueries. Subqueries (also known as inner or nested queries) are queries enclosed within another query. These are useful in cases where you’re trying to filter the results of a query against the result of a separate aggregate function.

To illustrate this idea, say you want to know which of your friends have won more matches than Barbara. Rather than querying how many matches Barbara has won then running another query to see who has won more games than that, you can calculate both with a single query:

SELECT name, wins FROM tourneys
WHERE wins > (
SELECT wins FROM tourneys WHERE name = ‘Barbara’
);

Output±-------±-----+
| name | wins |
±-------±-----+
| Dolly | 7 |
| Etta | 4 |
| Irma | 9 |
| Gladys | 13 |
±-------±-----+
4 rows in set (0.00 sec)

The subquery in this statement was run only once; it only needed to find the value from the wins column in the same row as Barbara in the name column, and the data returned by the subquery and outer query are independent of one another. There are cases, though, where the outer query must first read every row in a table and compare those values against the data returned by the subquery in order to return the desired data. In this case, the subquery is referred to as a correlated subquery.

The following statement is an example of a correlated subquery. This query seeks to find which of your friends have won more games than is the average for those with the same shoe size:

SELECT name, size FROM tourneys AS t
WHERE wins > (
SELECT AVG(wins) FROM tourneys WHERE size = t.size
);

In order for the query to complete, it must first collect the name and size columns from the outer query. Then, it compares each row from that result set against the results of the inner query, which determines the average number of wins for individuals with identical shoe sizes. Because you only have two friends that have the same shoe size, there can only be one row in the result set:

Output±-----±-----+
| name | size |
±-----±-----+
| Etta | 9 |
±-----±-----+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

As mentioned earlier, subqueries can be used to query results from multiple tables. To illustrate this with one final example, say you wanted to throw a surprise dinner for the group’s all-time best bowler. You could find which of your friends has the best bowling record and return their favorite meal with the following query:

SELECT name, entree, side, dessert
FROM dinners
WHERE name = (SELECT name FROM tourneys
WHERE wins = (SELECT MAX(wins) FROM tourneys));

Output±-------±-------±------±----------+
| name | entree | side | dessert |
±-------±-------±------±----------+
| Gladys | steak | fries | ice cream |
±-------±-------±------±----------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

Notice that this statement not only includes a subquery, but also contains a subquery within that subquery.


Conclusion

Issuing queries is one of the most commonly-performed tasks within the realm of database management. There are a number of database administration tools, such as phpMyAdmin or pgAdmin, that allow you to perform queries and visualize the results, but issuing SELECT statements from the command line is still a widely-practiced workflow that can also provide you with greater control.


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Cayla Erdman

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Introduction to Structured Query Language SQL pdf

SQL stands for Structured Query Language. SQL is a scripting language expected to store, control, and inquiry information put away in social databases. The main manifestation of SQL showed up in 1974, when a gathering in IBM built up the principal model of a social database. The primary business social database was discharged by Relational Software later turning out to be Oracle.

Models for SQL exist. In any case, the SQL that can be utilized on every last one of the major RDBMS today is in various flavors. This is because of two reasons:

1. The SQL order standard is genuinely intricate, and it isn’t handy to actualize the whole standard.

2. Every database seller needs an approach to separate its item from others.

Right now, contrasts are noted where fitting.

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Ahebwe  Oscar

Ahebwe Oscar

1620185280

How model queries work in Django

How model queries work in Django

Welcome to my blog, hey everyone in this article we are going to be working with queries in Django so for any web app that you build your going to want to write a query so you can retrieve information from your database so in this article I’ll be showing you all the different ways that you can write queries and it should cover about 90% of the cases that you’ll have when you’re writing your code the other 10% depend on your specific use case you may have to get more complicated but for the most part what I cover in this article should be able to help you so let’s start with the model that I have I’ve already created it.

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let’s just get into this diagram that I made so in here:

django queries aboutDescribe each parameter in Django querset

we’re making a simple query for the myModel table so we want to pull out all the information in the database so we have this variable which is gonna hold a return value and we have our myModel models so this is simply the myModel model name so whatever you named your model just make sure you specify that and we’re gonna access the objects attribute once we get that object’s attribute we can simply use the all method and this will return all the information in the database so we’re gonna start with all and then we will go into getting single items filtering that data and go to our command prompt.

Here and we’ll actually start making our queries from here to do this let’s just go ahead and run** Python manage.py shell** and I am in my project file so make sure you’re in there when you start and what this does is it gives us an interactive shell to actually start working with our data so this is a lot like the Python shell but because we did manage.py it allows us to do things a Django way and actually query our database now open up the command prompt and let’s go ahead and start making our first queries.

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Loma  Baumbach

Loma Baumbach

1595781840

Exploring MySQL Binlog Server - Ripple

MySQL does not limit the number of slaves that you can connect to the master server in a replication topology. However, as the number of slaves increases, they will have a toll on the master resources because the binary logs will need to be served to different slaves working at different speeds. If the data churn on the master is high, the serving of binary logs alone could saturate the network interface of the master.

A classic solution for this problem is to deploy a binlog server – an intermediate proxy server that sits between the master and its slaves. The binlog server is set up as a slave to the master, and in turn, acts as a master to the original set of slaves. It receives binary log events from the master, does not apply these events, but serves them to all the other slaves. This way, the load on the master is tremendously reduced, and at the same time, the binlog server serves the binlogs more efficiently to slaves since it does not have to do any other database server processing.

MySQL Binlog Server Deployment Diagram - ScaleGrid Blog

Ripple is an open source binlog server developed by Pavel Ivanov. A blog post from Percona, titled MySQL Ripple: The First Impression of a MySQL Binlog Server, gives a very good introduction to deploying and using Ripple. I had an opportunity to explore Ripple in some more detail and wanted to share my observations through this post.

1. Support for GTID based replication

Ripple supports only GTID mode, and not file and position-based replication. If your master is running in non-GTID mode, you will get this error from Ripple:

Failed to read packet: Got error reading packet from server: The replication sender thread cannot start in AUTO_POSITION mode: this server has GTID_MODE = OFF instead of ON.

You can specify Server_id and UUID for the ripple server using the cmd line options: -ripple_server_id and -ripple_server_uuid

Both are optional parameters, and if not specified, Ripple will use the default server_id=112211 and uuid will be auto generated.

2. Connecting to the master using replication user and password

While connecting to the master, you can specify the replication user and password using the command line options:

-ripple_master_user and -ripple_master_password

3. Connection endpoint for the Ripple server

You can use the command line options -ripple_server_ports and -ripple_server_address to specify the connection end points for the Ripple server. Ensure to specify the network accessible hostname or IP address of your Ripple server as the -rippple_server_address. Otherwise, by default, Ripple will bind to localhost and hence you will not be able to connect to it remotely.

4. Setting up slaves to the Ripple server

You can use the CHANGE MASTER TO command to connect your slaves to replicate from the Ripple server.

To ensure that Ripple can authenticate the password that you use to connect to it, you need to start Ripple by specifying the option -ripple_server_password_hash

For example, if you start the ripple server with the command:

rippled -ripple_datadir=./binlog_server -ripple_master_address= <master ip> -ripple_master_port=3306 -ripple_master_user=repl -ripple_master_password='password' -ripple_server_ports=15000 -ripple_server_address='172.31.23.201' -ripple_server_password_hash='EF8C75CB6E99A0732D2DE207DAEF65D555BDFB8E'

you can use the following CHANGE MASTER TO command to connect from the slave:

CHANGE MASTER TO master_host='172.31.23.201', master_port=15000, master_password=’XpKWeZRNH5#satCI’, master_user=’rep’

Note that the password hash specified for the Ripple server corresponds to the text password used in the CHANGE MASTER TO command. Currently, Ripple does not authenticate based on the usernames and accepts any non-empty username as long as the password matches.

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5. Ripple server management

It’s possible to monitor and manage the Ripple server using the MySQL protocol from any standard MySQL client. There are a limited set of commands that are supported which you can see directly in the source code on the mysql-ripple GitHub page.

Some of the useful commands are:

  • SELECT @@global.gtid_executed; – To see the GTID SET of the Ripple server based on its downloaded binary logs.
  • STOP SLAVE; – To disconnect the Ripple server from the master.
  • START SLAVE; – To connect the Ripple server to the master.

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Devyn  Reilly

Devyn Reilly

1623132834

Rename column name with foreign key constraint in MySql query

If we have already defined foreign key constraint on a column in mysql, then after some if we want to change the column name then it can be a little bit difficult. So here i will tell you how can we rename column name with foreign key constraint in MySql query.

Suppose you have a mysql database table with some columns. And we want to change the column name later. it can be done easily with rename query. Suppose if it has been already defined a foreign key on that column, then when we run simple column name rename query. But it may lead an error in mysql query and you would get an error like below.

Query error:
#1025 - Error on rename of './learn/#sql-46c_246' to './learn/my_table' (errno: 150)

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