A number of folks have asked me to create a post of a PostgreSQL installation on Windows. So, here is my step-by-step PostgreSQL 9.3 installation.
Download PostgreSQL Database
Everyone knows Tom Kyte’s mantra:
You should do it in a single SQL statement if at all possible.
But we all know that “Every rule has an exception”
There are many different cases when pl/sql with sql can be more efficient than only sql, and i dont want to catalog them. I just want to show a couple examples of such exceptions:
Somebody asked me if there was a cheaper alternative to using the Embarcadero data modeling tools. I said sure, you can use the MySQL Workbench. My friend laughed and said, it’s to model Oracle databases and they use different data types. I broke the news to him that he can create his own user defined types and use MySQL Workbench to model problems for the Oracle Database 11g.
For example, you can launch the MySQL Workbench, and click on the Model menu option, and in the menu window click on the User Defined Types choice, as shown in the following:
alter /* unnormalized */ table
is_still_unnormalized_after add (
surrogate_key_id integer primary key,
Normalization is to do with the dependencies between the (business) attributes. As surrogate keys are additional system generated identifiers, they do nothing to change the dependencies between the original attributes!
One of my students asked how to convert MySQL Workbench’s default Crow’s Foot (IE) diagram to one of the other supported formats – Classic, Connect to Columns, UML, and IDEF1X. Crow’s Foot is also known as the Information Engineering Model method (covered in Chapter 3 of my MySQL Workbench: Data Modeling & Development.
I dropped a materialized view (without the preserve table option), but the object still exists! Here’s a copy and paste from my session:
The MySQL DB Development group posed a questions on how to handle images. Naturally, the argument always goes: Should images be deployed in the database or the file system? I believe they should be stored in the database because the cost and time associated is too high with regard to managing files, a file naming schema, and backing up the file system discretely from the database.
On my PL/SQL Challenge website, we have a feature called Roundtable, which offers an opportunity to discuss "big picture" questions relevant to Oracle programmers.
The current discussion (well, sharing, really) asks players to share the programming languages with which they work.
In part of my answer, I wrote:
Valid funny queries
select the join from join join join using(the,some)
select some join from left join join right using(some,the)
select 1 join from join join join join join using(the) on 1=1
select the some from join
where the=some( the(select some from join)
,the(select the from join)