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1 Subqueries Chapter 6 Objectives After completing this lesson, you should be able to do the follovving: Describe the types of problems that subqueries can solve Define subqueries List the types of subqueries Write single-row and multiple-row subqueries 1

2 Using a Subquery to Solve a Problem "Who has a salary greater than Jones'?" "Which employees have a salary greater than Jones' salary?" "What is Jones' salary?" 2

3 Subqueries SELECT select_list FROM table WHERE expr operator ( SELECT select_list FROM table ); The subquery (inner query) executes once before the main query. The result of the subquery is used by the main query (outerquery). A subquery is a SELECT statement that is embedded in a clause of another SELECT statement. You can build powerful statements out of simple ones by using subqueries. They can be very useful when you need to select rows from a table with a condition that depends on the data in the table itself. You can place the subquery in a number of SQL clauses WHERE clauss HAVING clause FROM clause ln the syntax; operator includes a comparison operatör such as >, =, or IN Note: Comparison operutors fall iııto two classes: single-row operators ( >, =, >=, <, < >, <= ) and multiple-row operators ( IN, ANY, ALL ). 3

4 Using a Subquery SELECT ename FROM EMP WHERE sal > ( SELECT sal WHERE empno=7566); FORD SCOTT KING FORD ENAME 4

5 Using a Subquery SELECT ename, sal, deptno, job FROM EMP WHERE job = ( SELECT job WHERE empno=7369); ENAME SAL DEPTNO JOB ADAMS CLERK JAMES CLERK MILLER CLERK SMITH CLERK ADAMS CLERK JAMES CLERK MILLER CLERK 7 rows selected. 5

6 SELECT ename, sal, deptno FROM EMP WHERE sal IN ( SELECT MIN(sal) GROUP BY deptno ); ENAME SAL DEPTNO JAMES SMITH MILLER

7 SELECT empno, ename, job WHERE sal < ANY ( SELECT sal WHERE job = 'CLERK' ); EMPNO ENAME JOB 7369 SMITH CLERK 7900 JAMES CLERK 7876 ADAMS CLERK 7521 WARD SALESMAN 7654 MARTIN SALESMAN 7

8 SELECT empno, ename, job WHERE sal < ANY ( SELECT sal WHERE job = 'CLERK' ) AND job <> 'CLERK' ; EMPNO ENAME JOB 7521 WARD SALESMAN 7654 MARTIN SALESMAN 8

9 SELECT empno, ename, job WHERE sal > ALL ( SELECT sal WHERE job = 'CLERK' ) AND job <> 'CLERK' ; EMPNO ENAME JOB 7499 ALLEN SALESMAN 7566 JONES MANAGER 7698 BLAKE MANAGER 7782 CLARK MANAGER 7788 SCOTT ANALYST 7839 KING PRESIDENT 7844 TURNER SALESMAN 7902 FORD ANALYST 8 rows selected. 9

10 SELECT empno, ename, job WHERE sal > ALL ( SELECT AVG(sal) GROUP BY deptno ) ; EMPNO ENAME JOB 7566 JONES MANAGER 7788 SCOTT ANALYST 7839 KING PRESIDENT 7902 FORD ANALYST 10

11 Guidelines for Using Subqueries Enclose subqueries in parentheses. Place subqueries on the right side of the comparison operator. Do not add an ORDER BY clause to a subquery. Use single-row operators with singlerow subqueries. Use multiple-row operators with multiple-row subqueries. 11

12 Types of Subqueries Types of Subqueries Single-row subquery Multiple-row subquery Multiple-column subquery Single-row subgueries: Muliple-row subqueries: Muliple-column subqueries: Queries that return only one row from the inner SELECT stntenıent QUERIES that return more than one rows from the inner SELECT statement QUERIES that return more than one column from the inner SELECT statement. 12

13 Single-Row Subqueries Return only one row Use single-row comparison operators Operator Meaning = Equal to > Greater than >= Greater than or equal to < Less than <= Less than or equal to <>, =! Not equal to SELECT ename, job FROM EMP WHERE job = ( SELECT job WHERE empno=7369 ) ; ADAMS JAMES MILLER SMITH ADAMS JAMES MILLER ENAME CLERK CLERK CLERK CLERK CLERK CLERK CLERK JOB 7 rows selected. 13

14 Executing Single-Row Subqueries 14

15 Using Group Functions in a Subquery SELECT ename, sal, deptno FROM EMP WHERE sal IN ( SELECT MIN(sal) GROUP BY deptno ) ; ENAME SAL DEPTNO SMITH JAMES MILLER

16 HAVING Clause with Subqueries The Oracle Server executes subqueries first. The Oracle Server returns results into the HAVING clause of the main query. SELECT job, AVG(sal) GROUP BY job HAVING AVG(sal) = ( SELECT MIN(AVG(sal)) GROUP BY job ); JOB AVG(SAL) CLERK 1037,5 16

17 What Is Wrong With This Statement? SELECT empno, ename WHERE sal = (SELECT MIN(sal) GROUP BY deptno); (SELECT * MIN(sal) ERROR at line 4: ORA-01427: single-row subquery returns more than one row 17

18 Will This Statement Work? SELECT ename, job WHERE job = ( SELECT job WHERE ename = 'SMYTHE' ) ; no rows selected 18

19 Multiple-Row Subqueries Return more than one row Use multiple-row comparison operators Operator IN ANY ALL Meaning Equal to any member in the list Compare value to each value returned by the subquery Compare value to every value returned by the subquery SELECT ename, sal, deptno WHERE sal IN (SELECT MIN(sal) GROUP BY deptno); ENAME SAL DEPTNO SMITH JAMES MILLER

20 Using ANY Operator in Multiple-Row Subqueries SELECT ename, sal, job WHERE sal < ANY ( SELECT sal WHERE job = 'CLERK' ) AND job <> 'CLERK' ; ENAME SAL JOB WARD 1250 SALESMAN MARTIN 1250 SALESMAN 20

21 Using ALL Operator in Multiple-Row Subqueries SELECT ename, sal, job WHERE sal > ALL ( SELECT AVG(sal) GROUP BY deptno ); ENAME SAL JOB JONES 2975 MANAGER SCOTT 3000 ANALYST KING 5000 PRESIDENT FORD 3000 ANALYST 21

22 Summary Subqueries are useful when a query is based on unknown values. 22

23 SELECT select_list FROM WHERE table expr (SELEECT select_list FROM table WHERE expr ); 23

24 Practice Overview Creating subqueries to query values based on unknown criteria Using subqueries to find out what values exist in one set of data and not in another 1. Write a query to display the employee name and hiredate for all employees in the same department as Blake. Exclude Blake. SELECT ename, hiredate WHERE deptno = AND ename <> 'BLAKE'; ( SELECT deptno WHERE ename = 'BLAKE') 2. Create a query to display the employee number and name for all employees who earn more than the average salary. Sort the results in descending order of salary. SELECT empno, ename WHERE sal > ( SELECT AVG(sal) ); 3. Write a query to display the employee number and name for all employees who work in a department with any employee whose name contains a T. Save your SQL statemant in a file called p6q3.sql. SELECT empno, ename WHERE deptno IN ( SELECT deptno WHERE ename LIKE '%T%' ); 24

25 4. Display the employee name, department number, and job title for all employees whose department location is Dallas. Solution with subquery: SELECT ename, empno, job WHERE deptno = (SELECT deptno FROM dept Solution with equijoin: SELECT ename, empno, job e, dept d WHERE loc ='DALLAS') ; WHERE e.deptno = d.deptno AND d.loc='dallas'; ENAME EMPNO JOB SMITH 7369 CLERK JONES 7566 MANAGER SCOTT 7788 ANALYST ADAMS 7876 CLERK FORD 7902 ANALYST 5. Display the employee name and salary of all employees who report to King. Solution with self join: SELECT e.ename, e.sal e, emp d WHERE e.mgr = d.empno AND d.ename ='KING'; Solution with subquery: 25

26 SELECT ename, sal WHERE mgr = (SELECT empno WHERE ename = 'KING' ); 6. Display the department number, name,, and job for all employees in the Sales department. SELECT e.deptno, e.ename, e.job, d.dname e, dept d WHERE e.deptno = d.deptno AND d.dname = 'SALES' If yo u have time, complete the following exercises: 7. Modify p6q3.sql to display the employee number, name, and salary for all employees who earn more than the average salary and who work in a department with any employee with a T in their name. Rerun your query. SELECT empno, ename, sal WHERE sal > (SELECT AVG (sal) AND deptno IN ) ( SELECT deptno WHERE ename LIKE '%T%'); EMPNO ENAME SAL 7902 FORD SCOTT JONES BLAKE

27 Exists In the previous section, we used IN to link the inner query and the outer query in a subquery statement. IN is not the only way to do so -- one can use many operators such as >, <, or =. EXISTS is a special operator that we will discuss in this section. EXISTS simply tests whether the inner query returns any row. If it does, then the outer query proceeds. If not, the outer query does not execute, and the entire SQL statement returns nothing. The syntax for EXISTS is: SELECT "column_name1" FROM "table_name1" WHERE EXISTS ( SELECT * FROM "table_name2" WHERE [Condition] ) 27

28 SELECT ename, deptno WHERE EXISTS (SELECT * WHERE sal >3500 ) ENAME DEPTNO SMITH 20 ALLEN 30 WARD 30 JONES 20 MARTIN 30 BLAKE 30 CLARK 10 SCOTT 20 KING 10 TURNER 30 ADAMS 20 JAMES 30 FORD 20 MILLER rows returned in 0,01 seconds SELECT ename, deptno WHERE EXISTS (SELECT * WHERE sal >3500 ) no data found 28

29 WHERE clause Most often, the subquery will be found in the WHERE clause. These subqueries are also called nested subqueries. select * from all_tables tabs where tabs.table_name in Limitations: (select cols.table_name from all_tab_columns cols where cols.column_name = 'ENAME'); Oracle allows up to 255 levels of subqueries in the WHERE clause. 29

30 FROM clause A subquery can also be found in the FROM clause. These are called inline views. For example: select dept.deptno, subquery1.total_amt from dept, ( select emp.deptno, Sum(emp.sal) total_amt from emp group by deptno) subquery1 WHERE subquery1.deptno = dept.deptno DEPTNO TOTAL_AMT rows returned in 0,02 seconds In this example, we've created a subquery in the FROM clause as follows: ( select emp.deptno, Sum(emp.sal) total_amt from emp group by deptno) subquery1 This subquery has been aliased with the name subquery1. This will be the name used to reference this subquery or any of its fields. Limitations: Oracle allows an unlimited number of subqueries in the FROM clause. 30

31 SELECT clause A subquery can also be found in the SELECT clause. For example: select tbls.owner, tbls.table_name, (select count(column_name) as total_columns from all_tab_columns cols where cols.owner = tbls.owner and cols.table_name = tbls.table_name) subquery2 from all_tables tbls; OWNER TABLE_NAME SUBQUERY2 SYS DUAL 1 SYS SYSTEM_PRIVILEGE_MAP 3 SYS TABLE_PRIVILEGE_MAP 2 SYS STMT_AUDIT_OPTION_MAP 3 SYS AUDIT_ACTIONS 2 SYSTEM DEF\$_TEMP\$LOB 3 SYSTEM HELP 3 CTXSYS DR\$OBJECT_ATTRIBUTE 14 CTXSYS DR\$POLICY_TAB 2 CTXSYS DR\$NUMBER_SEQUENCE 1 MDSYS OGIS_SPATIAL_REFERENCE_SYSTEMS 5 MDSYS OGIS_GEOMETRY_COLUMNS 10 MDSYS SDO_UNITS_OF_MEASURE 12 MDSYS SDO_PRIME_MERIDIANS 6 MDSYS SDO_ELLIPSOIDS 10 More than 15 rows available. Increase rows selector to view more rows. 15 rows returned in 0,15 seconds CSV Export In this example, we've created a subquery in the SELECT clause as follows: (select count(column_name) as total_columns from all_tab_columns cols where cols.owner = tbls.owner and cols.table_name = tbls.table_name) subquery2 31

32 The subquery has been aliased with the name subquery2. This will be the name used to reference this subquery or any of its fields. The trick to placing a subquery in the select clause is that the subquery must return a single value. This is why an aggregate function such as SUM, COUNT, MIN, or MAX is commonly used in the subquery. 32

33 Stepping through Sub-Queries in Oracle (Page 1 of 5 ) This is the first article in a series concentrating on working with sub-queries in Oracle. Subqueries really have tremendous depth. In this series I will show you several scenarios where they can be efficiently used to retrieve information from Oracle databases. As this is the first in series, I will be concentrating on the following topics: How to work with a dual table. How to analyze and identify the steps needed to deal with a sub-query. How to frame queries for each of the identified steps. How to combine all the framed queries and design a single command to retrieve the final output. A primer on the dual table in Oracle This section mainly explains the dual table in Oracle. I shall use this table in a creative manner wherever required in this article as well as upcoming articles. If you are already familiar with the "dual table, feel free to skip to the next section. What is a dual table? It is a simple table which is created/installed automatically during the installation of the Oracle database. To understand it, let us consider the following SELECT statement: SELECT 123 FROM dual; The above statement simply returns 123. Let us work with another statement: SQL> SELECT 10,20, Veri Taban ı Yönetim Sistemleri,3400 FROM dual; Results Explain Describe Saved SQL History 'VERITABANI YÖNETIMSISTEMLERI' Veri Taban ı Yönetim Sistemleri rows returned in 0,00 seconds CSV Export This returns any constant values you provide as columns. So dual is just a convenience table. It is simply a one column and one row table that exists as part of SYS user. You can use the DESC command to display the structure of a dual table as follows: 33

34 DESC dual; The above statement returns the following output: ResultsExplain Describe Saved SQL History Table Column Data Type Length Precision Scale Primary Nullable Default Comment Key DUAL DUMMY Varchar You can observe that there exists only one column named dummy in the "dual" table. Similarly, you can even display all the rows in the "dual" table as follows: SELECT * FROM dual; DUMMY X 1 rows selected From the above, you can observe that there exists only one row with a dummy value of "x." You don't really need to use the dual table at all. It is only used when you want to add/include any constant values in your queries. You can even do calculations as follows: SQL> SELECT 12 * FROM dual; 12* rows selected 34

35 Stepping through Sub-Queries in Oracle - The simplest sub-query in Oracle (Page 2 of 5 ) Before explaining sub-queries, let us consider the following scenario: SQL> SELECT empno,ename,sal,deptno WHERE sal = 5000; EMPNO ENAME SAL DEPTNO KING rows selected Let us modify the above statement as follows: SQL> SELECT empno,ename,sal,deptno WHERE sal = (SELECT 5000 FROM dual); I already explained the dual table in the previous section. In the above statement, I have two SELECT statements as part of a single command. The following is the order in which the above statement gets executed: The innermost query gets executed first. In this case, the query select 5000 from dual gets executed first. Once the innermost query gets executed, it returns a value to the immediate outer query. In this case, it is The entire innermost query gets replaced with the new value returned by it. In this case, the outer query virtually becomes select empno, ename, sal, deptno from emp where sal = And finally, the outer query gets executed, which retrieves KING s details. In the above case, I used a SELECT query as part of another SELECT query; thus it is called a sub-query. You can even modify the above statement to include an expression as follows: SQL> SELECT empno,ename,sal,deptno WHERE sal = (SELECT FROM dual); The above statement first evaluates (which results in 5000) as part of executing the inner query. Based on the returned value (which is 5000), the outer query gets executed. The next section will show you a few simple and practically used sub-queries. 35

36 Stepping through Sub-Queries in Oracle - A sub-query with aggregate functions (or group functions) in Oracle (Page 3 of 5 ) I already introduced sub-queries in the previous section. In this section, I shall start giving you some practical examples. Let us consider that I would like to retrieve the details of the highest paid employee. Let us write the question in a meaningful manner and identify the steps as follows: From the above figure, you have two steps to work with for the query. The following is the order you must follow (based on the above figure): Find the highest salary from the table (1) Based on the value you get, retrieve the employee details like empno, ename, etc. belonging to that salary. (2) The following is the statement which retrieves the highest salary: SELECT MAX(sal) To retrieve an employee's details based on a given salary (say 5000), the query would be as follows: SELECT empno,ename,sal,deptno WHERE sal = 5000 Just replace the value 5000 with the query that gives you the highest salary. The complete statement would be as follows: SQL> SELECT empno,ename,sal,deptno WHERE sal = (SELECT MAX(sal) ); Now, let us walk through its execution: The innermost query gets executed first. In this case, the query select max(sal) from emp gets executed first. It retrieves the highest value in the column sal from the table emp. Once the innermost query gets executed, it returns a value to the immediate outer query. In this case, it is The entire innermost query gets replaced with the new value returned by it. In this case, the outer query virtually becomes select empno, ename, sal, deptno from emp where sal =

37 And finally, the outer query gets executed, which retrieves KING s details. Let us end this section with a final touch. Why can t I write the above query as follows? SQL> SELECT empno,ename,sal,deptno WHERE sal = MAX(sal) Or even the following: SQL> SELECT empno,ename,sal,deptno WHERE MAX(sal) = sal None of the above two queries get executed successfully. The reason is that a condition in a WHERE clause cannot contain any aggregate function (or group function) without a subquery! 37

38 Stepping through Sub-Queries in Oracle - Designing sub-queries to deal with more than one table (or different tables) (Page 4 of 5 ) Let us consider that I would like to retrieve KING's department name. All department names are available in the table dept, which is quite different from emp table. Let us write the question in a meaningful manner and identify the steps as follows: From the above figure, you have two steps to go through with the query. The following is the order you must follow (based on the above figure): Find KING's department number (1). Based on the value you get, retrieve the department details like dname, loc. etc belonging to that department number (2) The following is the statement which retrieves KING's department number: SELECT deptno WHERE ename = KING To retrieve department details based on a given department number (say 30), the query would be as follows: SELECT dname FROM dept WHERE deptno = 30 Just replace the value 30 with the query that gives you KING's department number. The complete statement would be as follows: SQL> SELECT dname FROM dept WHERE deptno = (SELECT deptno WHERE ename= KING ); Now, let us walk through its execution: The innermost query gets executed first. In this case, the query select deptno from emp where ename= king gets executed first. It retrieves KING's department number. Once the innermost query gets executed, it returns a value to the immediate outer query. In this case, it is 10. The entire innermost query gets replaced with the new value returned by it. In this case, the outer-query virtually becomes select dname from dept where deptno = 10. And finally, the outer query gets executed, which retrieves KING s department details 38

39 Stepping through Sub-Queries in Oracle - An example of a nested sub-query (or multilevel sub-query) (Page 5 of 5 ) Let us consider that I would like to retrieve the department name of the highest paid employee. Let us write the question in a meaningful manner and identify the steps as follows: From the above figure, you have three steps to go through with the query. The following is the order you must follow (based on the above figure): Find the highest salary (1). Based on the value you get, retrieve the department number belonging to that salary (2). Based on the value you get, find the department name belonging to that department number (3). The following is the statement which finds the highest salary: SELECT MAX(sal) To retrieve a department number based on a given salary (say 2000), the query would be as follows: SELECT deptno WHERE sal = 2000 To retrieve a department name based on a given department number (say 20), the query would be as follows: SELECT dname FROM dept WHERE deptno = 20 Combining all of the above queries according to the order given above, the new query would be as follows: SQL> SELECT dname FROM dept WHERE deptno = (SELECT deptno WHERE sal = (SELECT MAX(sal) FROM EMP)); You can observe the following figure to understand how the execution takes place. You can also observe the underlined columns on how they relate logically: 39

40 Now, let us walk through its execution: The innermost query gets executed first. In this case, the query select max(sal) from emp gets executed first. It retrieves the highest salary. In this case it would be The entire innermost query gets replaced with the new value returned by it. In this case, the immediate outer query virtually becomes select deptno from emp where sal = Once this query gets executed, it returns a department number, which is 10 in this case. And finally, the outermost query virtually becomes select dname from dept where deptno = 10, which retrieves KING s department details. Any bugs, doubts, suggestions, feedback etc. are highly appreciated at 40

41 Sub-Queries with multiple columns in Oracle Let us try to work with the following query: SELECT * WHERE (sal,mgr) = (3000,7566) ORA-00920: invalid relational operator The above would never work and results in giving you the invalid relational operator error. This is because you can compare only one value at a time and not more than one. The following is a small trick to overcome the problem: SELECT * WHERE (sal,mgr) = (SELECT 3000,7566 FROM dual) EMPNO ENAME JOB MGR HIREDATE SAL COMM DEPTNO 7788 SCOTT ANALYST /12/ FORD ANALYST /12/ rows returned in 0,00 seconds CSV Export I just made both of those two values part of the sub-query and it works fine! Both of those values are not from any table, so I used dual. Now you can observe the power of the dual table. If you want to learn more about dual, please refer to my first article in this series. Let us work with a more practical sub-query rather than with a dual table as follows: SELECT * WHERE (sal,mgr) = (SELECT sal,mgr WHERE sal = (SELECT MIN(sal) FROM EMP WHERE sal > (SELECT MIN(sal) FROM emp))) 41

42 EMPNO ENAME JOB MGR HIREDATE SAL COMM DEPTNO 7900 JAMES CLERK /12/ rows returned in 0,00 seconds CSV Export The above returns all the employees who are earning the same salary and working under the same manager of the employee earning the second least salary! 42

43 Inserting Sub-Queries in SELECT Statements in Oracle - Sub- Queries returning single and multiple values in Oracle Let us consider the following statement: SELECT * WHERE sal = 800 When you execute the above statement, the condition in the WHERE clause works with only a single value. Let us rewrite the above statement with a plain sub-query as follows: SELECT * WHERE sal = (SELECT MIN(sal) ) From the above statement you can understand that the sub-query returns one and only one value (or single value) and the query works fine. If we would like to work with more than one value in a condition (of equality), you may need to work something like the following: SELECT * WHERE empno IN (7902,7788) Let us frame the above with a sub-query as follows: SELECT * WHERE empno IN (SELECT empno WHERE sal = (SELECT MAX(sal) FROM EMP 43

44 WHERE sal < (SELECT MAX(sal) ))) EMPNO ENAME JOB MGR HIREDATE SAL COMM DEPTNO 7788 SCOTT ANALYST /12/ FORD ANALYST /12/ rows returned in 0,03 seconds CSV Export The above query gives us all the employees earning the second highest salary! In the above case, the second level sub-query returns more than one value (or two employee numbers). Therefore, I provided the IN operator as part of the condition. If you replace the IN with = in the above query, it will return with an error stating single row sub-query returns more than one row. When you receive such an error, try to replace = with IN wherever appropriate. 44

45 Inserting Sub-Queries in SELECT Statements in Oracle - Sub-Queries as part of the BETWEEN operator in Oracle BETWEEN is a unique operator in Oracle. Let me show you a small example of this: SELECT * WHERE sal BETWEEN 1000 and 3000 It is very easy to understand the above query as it returns all the employees who earn salaries between 1000 and 3000 (both inclusive). Let us rewrite the above query as follows: SELECT * WHERE sal BETWEEN (SELECT 1000 FROM dual) AND 3000 I just replaced 1000 with a simple sub-query using dual. If you are new to the dual table, please refer to my first article in this series. Let us work a bit more practically as follows: SELECT * WHERE sal BETWEEN (SELECT MIN(sal) ) and 2000 We can even work a bit differently. Let us go through the following query: SELECT Grade FROM salgrade WHERE (SELECT MAX(sal) ) BETWEEN losal AND hisal The above gives you the salary grade of the highest salary! 45

46 Inserting Sub-Queries in SELECT Statements in Oracle - Derived tables (or inline views) with Sub-Queries in Oracle Can we write sub-queries in (or as part of) the FROM clause? The answer is YES and you can use it very efficiently in some scenarios. Let us consider the following statement: SELECT empno,ename,sal,sal*12 AS AnnSal WHERE AnnSal > If I execute the above statement, it will result in an error saying that AnnSal is an Invalid Identifier. The reason is that AnnSal is not a column existing in the table emp. It is simply an alias (or some reasonable name). We are not allowed to work with a column alias in any of the conditions present in WHERE clause. Let us modify the above statement to make it work. Try the following now: SELECT empno,ename,sal,annsal FROM ( SELECT empno,ename,sal,sal*12 AS AnnSal ) WHERE AnnSal > The above statement is totally different from the previous one. Within the above statement, the outer query doesn t rely on any specific physical table. The output (or result set) of the inner query is considered as a table for the outer query! The inner query is very similar to that of a view which doesn t have any physical view name, and it gets created and destroyed on the fly. So, according to the inner query, it retrieves four columns (empno, ename, sal, AnnSal). The outer query can work with all four columns as if they are directly from a physical table. As you are trying to define/derive your own table of information from an existing physical table, you call it as a derived table (or inline view). Even the derived tables can be nested to any number of levels with further sub-derived tables as part of FROM clauses. 46

47 Inserting Sub-Queries in SELECT Statements in Oracle - Sub- Queries with CASE structure in Oracle SELECT statements Now let us go through an interesting topic on CASE structure. Let us see how a CASE structure works. Consider the following statement: SELECT empno, ename, CASE job WHEN 'SALESMAN' THEN 'SALES' WHEN 'MANAGER' THEN 'MGMT' ELSE job END AS jobfunction, sal EMPNO ENAME JOBFUNCTION SAL 7369 SMITH CLERK ALLEN SALES WARD SALES JONES MGMT MARTIN SALES BLAKE MGMT CLARK MGMT SCOTT ANALYST KING PRESIDENT TURNER SALES ADAMS CLERK JAMES CLERK FORD ANALYST MILLER CLERK rows returned in 0,01 seconds CSV Export When the above query is executed, it returns four columns (empno, ename, jobfunction, sal). The only eye-catching issue from the above is the following structure: CASE job WHEN 'SALESMAN' THEN 'SALES' WHEN 'MANAGER' THEN 'MGMT' ELSE job END AS jobfunction 47

48 The above dictates something very similar to the following: If the value of job is salesman return sales. If the above condition fails and if the value of job is manager return mgmt. If both of the above conditions fail then return the same value of job. All the values must be returned in a new column with the heading jobfunction. You need to observe that I specified the column (job) along with CASE. The conditions of WHEN work with the values available within that column. We can even work with different relational (and SQL) operators within the WHEN condition as shown in the following example: SELECT empno, ename, CASE WHEN comm IS NULL OR comm=0 THEN '-NA-' ELSE TO_CHAR(comm) END AS comm, sal EMPNO ENAME COMM SAL 7369 SMITH -NA ALLEN WARD JONES -NA MARTIN BLAKE -NA CLARK -NA SCOTT -NA KING -NA TURNER -NA ADAMS -NA JAMES -NA FORD -NA MILLER -NA rows returned in 0,01 seconds CSV Expor In the above case, the conditions are directly used within the WHEN statement and you need not specify any column with the CASE. Finally, you can even work with sub-queries within the CASE structure as follows: 48

49 SELECT empno, ename, CASE WHEN sal >= (SELECT avg(sal) ) THEN 'HIGH' ELSE 'LOW' END AS pay, sal The above returns a new column named pay, which contains either HIGH or LOW based on their salary compared to the average salary of all employees. 49

50 Inserting Sub-Queries in SELECT Statements in Oracle - Sub- Queries as (or part of) columns in Oracle SELECT statements Before getting into sub-queries as part of columns, let us look at the following small query: SELECT MAX(sal) AS highest, MIN(sal) AS least, COUNT(*) AS employees, SUM(sal) AS total Everyone can easily understand that the above query returns only one row containing four values of aggregation. Let us rewrite the above query using sub-queries to get the same output. SELECT (SELECT MAX(sal) ) AS highest, (SELECT MIN(sal) ) AS least, (SELECT COUNT(*) ) AS employees, (SELECT SUM(sal) ) AS total FROM dual You can observe that I replaced all aggregate functions with sub-queries! Another important issue to concentrate on in the above query is the dual table. As the sub-queries in the above statement are working individually by themselves, I need not work with any table and thus I used the dual table. If you want to learn more about the dual table, please go through my first article in this same series. Now, let us look at an interesting query which deals with sub-queries at both the column level and the CASE level. The following is the query: 50

51 SELECT empno, ename, sal AS salary, ROUND((sal -(SELECT AVG(sal) )),2) AS avgcompare, CASE WHEN sal >= (SELECT AVG(sal) ) THEN 'HIGH' ELSE 'LOW' END AS paying The following is the sample output of the above query: EMPNO ENAME SALARY AVGCOMPARE PAYING KING HIGH 7698 BLAKE HIGH MARTIN LOW 7499 ALLEN LOW Any bugs, doubts, suggestions, feedback etc. are highly appreciated at 51

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