MySQL’s AUTO_INCREMENT attribute

Most developers use some form of auto-incrementing integer counter for a given database table, ensuring uniqueness among the rows. Several of the popular SQL dialects implement this facility. For instance, MySQL’s AUTO_INCREMENT attribute is used to provide a unique identity for a table row. What exactly is the behavior of AUTO_INCREMENT? Can you explicitly use a value of your choosing for it if you need to? How does it count? Continue reading and know the answers to these questions and more…

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Import CSV file with MySQL Workbench

CSV imports with MySQL Workbench, is super simple. Since CSV’s are probably the most common data interchange format, it goes without saying that importing CSV data into MySQL is a staple task for all DBA’s and Developers. Continue reading to learn how easy it is using MySQL Workbench…

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MySQL Window Function Compilation

If you use SQL on a regular basis, then you are well aware that Window Functions are powerful. They allow us to simplify queries that would otherwise be quite the mess. We can provide meaningful insight across rows of data without collapsing the results into a single value. I have written numerous blog posts on Window Functions, many here recently. I decided to make this blog post a compilation of all the Window Function posts I have written, providing a one-stop source for any readers interested in learning more about Window Functions…

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Top n Window Function queries in MySQL

Top n Window Function queries over a specific subset of data are common in analysis and reporting requirements. Luckily, in MySQL, there are Window functions we can use for this type of query. To be quite honest, you don’t necessarily need Window Functions. You can retrieve those top 3 (or whatever) types of results with a regular SQL query. But, since we have those powerful Window Functions, why not use them? My thoughts exactly! Besides, no one wants a spaghetti code mess of SQL to try and understand. Not to mention, Window functions are often better optimized for querying larger data sets. Continue reading and see example queries for more understanding…

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Rolling sum and average – Window Functions MySQL

Rolling sum and average query results are possible by combining the aggregate functions SUM() or AVG() with the OVER() clause, making for powerful analytic queries. I recently learned how to compute a rolling average or sum of values by using the Windowing option of the OVER() clause, applying the concepts to a data set I am familiar with. I wanted to share my learning with any readers who might be interested… [Keep reading for more SQL database and PHP/Python-centric content >>>]