• MySQL command line vs. visual editors

    January 30, 2012

    Students in my training classes usually prefer to use some kind of visual editor for MySQL. Typically this would be the software they're using at work. Sometimes they just bring over their laptops with the software installed. Or they would use MySQL Workbench, which is what I usually have pre-installed on their desktops. I see […]

  • Syntax of the day: IS TRUE and IS FALSE

    January 26, 2012

    What makes for a true statement? We usually test statements using a WHERE clause: SELECT * FROM world.City WHERE Population > 1000000 The "Population > 1000000" statement makes for a boolean expression. Using WHERE is just one way of evaluating it. One can also test with IF(): SET @val := 7; SELECT IF(@val > 2, […]

  • Documentation in SQL: CALL for help()

    January 11, 2012

    Documentation is an important part of any project. On the projects I maintain I put a lot of effort on documentation, and, frankly, the majority of time spent on my projects is on documentation. The matter of keeping the documentation faithful is a topic of interest. I'd like to outline a few documentation bundling possibilities, […]

 
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