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11:00 PM
Whether the help-center described that very well is now fixed.
> I wish I could post my predecessor's code for reviewing here. But that wouldn't be nice.
Good question, so, it goes two ways, in my opinion - 1) you are not a real legal expert, and you cannot decide whether it really is compatible. 2) you really can say for sure it is OK to post someone elses code... then, it will still be off topic, not for legal reasons though, but because the code review will be criticizing someone who is not aware they are being scrutinized (the legal reason is only one of the reasons it is/may be off-topic) — rolfl ♦ Feb 14 at 5:11
@rolfl These two things suggest otherwise in that linked question.
I have found a new method of studying
I have to learn PLSQL for an exam in a few weeks so I just added the SQL and PLSQL tags to the list of tags I use in my search query
I won't even have to study!
Just wait for the questions and answers to naturally pass me by and read them
it's genius, really
This is how I've learned most of what I know about programming, through doing this on StackOverflow.
If I can understand the question, I'll hang around and wait for answers which I'll probably also understand. Each time I read and understand an answer, my knowledge has expanded and I'll be able to look at a slightly more complicated question next time.
nhgrif, I am still mulling things over here....
@JeroenVannevel I'm guessing you mean PL/pgSQL?
11:11 PM
@nhgrif Yeah, that's my general approach as well. But I haven't found much use for it in my classes yet, sadly enough
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I would assume PLSQL is Oracle-based sql
What Dan says
Oh, that may be the case
11:12 PM
I have no love for it :|
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Damn @CaptainObvious
Calm down, Captain
monking all
@DanLyons What's wrong with it?
11:12 PM
bazola is over 1k rep now... and he only has like 3 posted answers...
There are a lot of non-standard components when compared with ANSI SQL. For example, PL/SQL joins are different, and the (+) syntax for outer joins is odd.
It's probably not a good sign that I can't recall any plus sign or strange joins
What exactly is uncommon about them? techonthenet.com/oracle/joins.php
Oracle has tried to improve their parsing of ANSI SQL over the years, but that's been rather half-hearted. Sometimes you just cannot get around using PL/SQL, though I suppose that could have changed with 11 or 12
oh wait, it says it in the OLD SYNTAX section
yeah, thank god they moved away from that
I've only had to use the normal syntax
If you have nested queries, sometimes you have to use the old syntax :/ At least, that was true up to 10g
11:17 PM
@mjolka Hello!
bah, all the PLSQL code from 2 months ago at the exam looks so foreign right now
I'll have to actually go over it again
just come back... i've actually got a query for the room, if anyone is interested.
My interest is piqued (proper English)
@bazola Is that question code you made working from a tutorial?
11:22 PM
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ha, it's not actually an interesting query. it's self related
i posted a question, and was wondering how I could make it better to get some answers.
nevermind, he may or may not be alive
Schrodingers' Williams
@JeroenVannevel was that real?
Appearantly social media were going wacky
What is SELECT ... FROM DUAL in Oracle?
@Phrancis Dummy X
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11:30 PM
yar dummy because Oracle can't omit the from clause
gutted. What a great actor
where in SQL Server you can just say SELECT 'dummy', in Oracle, you'd do SELECT 'dummy' FROM dual
That's a PITA
Or sounds like it, anyways.
   WITH cte1
        AS (SELECT 1 ID_100,
                   1 ID_200,
                   1 ID_300,
                   '600 Level 1' RESULT
              FROM DUAL
What's the purpose of the 1 in front of ID_100 etc.?
presumably 1 is the value, and ID_100 is the column name
@nhgrif sort of, I started from this luanova.org/ioswithlua and did the do it yourself method and tailored it to what i wanted to accmplish
11:35 PM
Q: What does it mean by select 1 from table?

Chirag FanseI have seen many queries with something like this.. Select 1 From table What does this 1 mean and how will it be executed and what will it return? Please also guide me in what type of cases this can be used??? Thanks in advance

I assume it just returns the value 1?
Yea, but there's more than just that.
This is mostly what it's useful for
You don't want the db wasting time actually figuring up columns or values for the columns
It seems to indicate true for a specific condition that allows you to not have to return actual data
Yea, sort of, but depending on the flavor of SQL, the ones I'm used to, you can't just treat it as "true"
That's what the EXISTS keyword does in my example there
I think this OP may be using it differently...? codereview.stackexchange.com/questions/27640/…
dear yuck
11:38 PM
Though with the amount of code he has, no wonder this takes so long
Holy that is confusing...
This is why I don't use SQL statements longer than 10 lines of code
Subquery much?
I've used very long SQL statements before... but you have to write it in a way that makes sense
If he's running 63 SELECT .. UNION ALL right off the bat... I would pick a CROSS JOIN over that
11:42 PM
Can you do recursive CTE in this flavor he's asking about?
Actually... if the CTE he's building is this big, he needs to just put a table in the database.
Looks like it's true after all
I trust the BBC
Actually, that^ is pretty bad... here's from SO
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Well, it's pretty easy to tell when someone is trying to use a C or C++ library in Objective-C because holy god do C/C++ library authors have the absolute most cryptic of function names...
@nhgrif i agree! by the way, I do have 6 answers at least :)
Maybe they were written during an obfuscated code contest
11:58 PM
@nhgrif Definitely doesn't describe me at all....

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