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SQL Query Design Patterns and Best Practices

By : Steve Hughes, Dennis Neer, Dr. Ram Babu Singh, Shabbir H. Mala, Leslie Andrews, Chi Zhang
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Book Image

SQL Query Design Patterns and Best Practices

5 (1)
By: Steve Hughes, Dennis Neer, Dr. Ram Babu Singh, Shabbir H. Mala, Leslie Andrews, Chi Zhang

Overview of this book

SQL has been the de facto standard when interacting with databases for decades and shows no signs of going away. Through the years, report developers or data wranglers have had to learn SQL on the fly to meet the business needs, so if you are someone who needs to write queries, SQL Query Design and Pattern Best Practices is for you. This book will guide you through making efficient SQL queries by reducing set sizes for effective results. You’ll learn how to format your results to make them easier to consume at their destination. From there, the book will take you through solving complex business problems using more advanced techniques, such as common table expressions and window functions, and advance to uncovering issues resulting from security in the underlying dataset. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll have a foundation for building queries and be ready to shift focus to using tools, such as query plans and indexes, to optimize those queries. The book will go over the modern data estate, which includes data lakes and JSON data, and wrap up with a brief on how to use Jupyter notebooks in your SQL journey. By the end of this SQL book, you’ll be able to make efficient SQL queries that will improve your report writing and the overall SQL experience.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Part 1: Refining Your Queries to Get the Results You Need
Part 2: Solving Complex Business and Data Problems in Your Queries
Part 3: Optimizing Your Queries to Improve Performance
Part 4: Working with Your Data on the Modern Data Platform

Documenting your code with markdown in your notebooks

Now that we’ve added some code to the notebook, it is time to add documentation to clarify or expand on what the code should do. This is done using the markdown language, or MD. As you saw with the README file, we can create entire documents using markdown to supplement our documentation.

In this section, we are going to explore markdown and use it to add documentation directly into our notebook to support the SQL we have created.

Adding a text block to your notebook

Adding text to your notebook is straightforward. Simply click the + Cell button and choose Text cell. This will create a new cell that is formatted for markdown and has several formatting buttons included with it to make code presentation easier.

You can also add text blocks by clicking the + Cell button underneath the current cell you are in. This is helpful when adding cells in between the cells you have already created.

In the next few sections...