Distributed SQL Tips and Tricks – Feb 14, 2020
Welcome to this week’s tips and tricks blog where we recap some distributed SQL questions from around the Internet. We’ll also review upcoming events, new documentation and blogs that have been published since the last post. Got questions? Make sure to ask them on our YugabyteDB Slack channel, Forum, GitHub or Stackoverflow. Ok, let’s dive right in:
How can I get the JSON output of distinct columns?
This can be done in YugabyteDB with a combination of aggregation and PostgreSQL’s JSON functions. For example, let’s say we have the following table called students with the data below:
To output to JSON by distinct columns, execute the following:
select person_key, json_build_object( 'age', age, 'gender', gender, 'email', json_agg(email order by id) ) js from students group by person_key, age, gender order by person_key;
Which should output:
How do I issue a query that ranks items based on total sales?
Because YugabyteDB is PostgreSQL-compatible, just like in PostgreSQL, in YugabyteDB you can rank items based on total sales by using the
RANK function. For example, let’s say we have the following table called product_sales with the data below:
We can use the following query which makes use of the
RANK window function.
SELECT business_unit, product_name, SUM(sales) AS sales, RANK() OVER(ORDER BY SUM(sales) DESC) ranking FROM product_sales GROUP BY business_unit, product_name ORDER BY ranking, business_unit
This results in the following ranking based on total sales:
In YugabyteDB, do TRUNCATE and DELETE work like they do in PostgreSQL?
Yes. In general, to remove data from a table, you’ll want to use the
DELETE statement with a
WHERE clause. However, for a large table, it is often more efficient to use the
TRUNCATE TABLE statement. Why? Because the
TRUNCATE TABLE statement removes all rows from a table without scanning it. This is the reason why it is faster than the
TRUNCATE is also able to operate on more than one table with a single command.
How do I issue an UPDATE statement and selectively replace specific characters in records that match given criteria?
Just like in PostgreSQL, in YugabyteDB one way you can do this is by using the
REGEX_REPLACE function. For example, let’s say we have a table called product_registrations and unfortunately the zeros in the serial numbers were accidentally inputted as “o”.
By using the
REGEX_REPLACE function we can surgically make the correct substitution.
UPDATE product_registrations SET serial_number = REGEXP_REPLACE(serial_number, '^snoo', 'sn00');
The new output should look like this:
New Documentation, Blogs, Tutorials and Videos
- YugabyteDB Engineering Update – Jan 29, 2020
- Distributed SQL vs. NewSQL
- How to Migrate the Sakila Database from MongoDB to Distributed SQL with Studio 3T
- How to Get Started with Distributed SQL on Google Kubernetes Engine
- Developing Microservices with the Google Hipster Demo, Istio and a Distributed SQL Database
- Developing Cloud-Native Spring Microservices with a Distributed SQL Backend
- How to Upgrade a Local YugabyteDB Cluster
New and Updated Docs
- Configure encryption in transit
- Configure encryption at rest
- Deploy on Docker Compose
- Deploy on Google Kubernetes Engine using Helm Chart
Upcoming Meetups and Conferences
- Feb 20: Silicon Valley PostgreSQL Meetup
Distributed SQL Webinars
- Postgres Conference, March 23-27, 2020, New York
- KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe, March 30 – April 2, 2020, Amsterdam
- Google Cloud Next, April 6-8, 2020, San Francisco
- Red Hat Summit, April 27-29, 2020, San Francisco
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