PostgreSQL Advanced Pattern Matching – Beyond LIKE Operator

Whenever you are dealing with pattern matching in PostgreSQL, it is often required to write queries to match string patterns. The conventional wisdom to do pattern match was using the LIKE operator, which is not very effective for many reasons. PostgreSQL now offers more advanced pattern matching options such as SIMILAR TO expressions, POSIX regular expressions, and ANY operator. In this article, we’ll compare the LIKE operator with these other advanced pattern matching features.

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Data Science with PostgreSQL – Using the Window frame_clause

This is my 5th (and final) post on Window Function in PostgreSQL series. In previous posts on this topic, I have covered window function basics, using aggregate window functionsranking window function and value window functions. While you’re here, I’ll recommend to you check the previous posts on this topic.

In this article, we’ll learn a new concept frame_clause. Let’s jump right in!

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Data Science with PostgreSQL – Value Window Functions

This far in the Window Function in PostgreSQL series I have covered window function basics, and how to use aggregate window functions and ranking window function. I suggest you check the previous posts out 🙂

In this 4th post, I’ll show you how to use Value window functions – that can be used to calculate various “value” type aggregations such as Lag, LeadFirst_Value and Last_Value within each group of rows referred here as “window” or “partition”.

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Data Science with PostgreSQL – Window Functions Basics

Window functions are a powerful tool that helps to leverage the power of PostgreSQL for Data Analysis. In this blog series, I will explain what window functions are, why you should use them, types of window functions and finally will introduce you to some basic window functions in PostgreSQL. In the next few post, I’ll go through more advanced window functions and demo some scenarios. So let’s get going.

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Recursive SQL for querying hierarchical data: Part 2 – Levels and Ancestors

Ok, so you’ve stored hierarchical data in a relational database, and written recursive CTEs to query the data and find relationships. Now the application team wants to query hierarchical levels and print the complete ancestry tree. Time to deep dive into some advance CTE constructs.

This is the second post of the series about the Recursive SQL for querying hierarchical data started in the previous post . If you haven’t read it already, I recommend reading it to understand the key concepts:

  1. What is a hierarchical data?
  2. How to store hierarchical data in a relational database?
  3. And how to query hierarchical data using:
    • Self-Joins
    • Common Table Expressions (CTE)

In this post, we’ll discuss the advanced scenarios like displaying hierarchical levels and printing the “ancestry tree”. Let’s dive in…

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Recursive SQL for querying hierarchical data: Part 1

Recently, I was working on an application that required reading hierarchically structured data. And I thought it might be useful to document multiple ways to store and query such hierarchical data (ex. Org. chart, File-system layout, or Set of tasks in a project) in a database. So, let’s jump right in.

Definitions first – what is hierarchical data?

Hierarchical data is a specific kind of data, characterized by a hierarchical relationship between the data sets.

Think about data sets having multiple levels: something above, something below, and a few at the same level. A typical example of such hierarchical model is an organizational chart like the one below.

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PostgreSQL – how to UPSERT (Update or Insert into a table)

Most modern-day relational database systems use SQL MERGE (also called UPSERT) statements to INSERT new records or UPDATE existing records if a matching row already exists. UPSERT is a combination of Insert and Update, driven by a “PRIMARY KEY” on the table.

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Why Averages suck and what make Percentiles great

Average(mean), median, mode are core statistical concepts, that are often applied in software engineering. Whether you are new to programming or have multi years of computer science experience, you’ve likely at some point in time will have used these statistical functions, say to calculate system resource utilization, or network traffic or a website latency. In my current role, my team is responsible for running a telemetry platform to help dev teams measure application performance. We do this by collecting point-in-time data points referred as metrics.

A common use case for metrics is to tell the application latency (i.e. amount of time it took between a user action and web app response to that action). For examples, amount of time it took you to click on twitter photo and till it finally showed up on your device screen. So if you have this metrics collected at regular intervals (say every 1s), you can simply average it over a period of time like an hour or a day to calculate latency. Simple right!

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2020 – My Year in Books 📚

I don’t think there has been a better year than 2020 to read. With most of us confined to our homes at some point during the year due to pandemic, books (and Netflix!) have become more popular than ever.

In this post, I’m reviewing all the books I have read in the year. Hopefully you’ll enjoy these quick reviews, plus I’ve also added a favorite quote from each.

In no particular order- let’s go!

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SQL Injection and Preventing them in your Golang app

SQL injection!… Is it really a thing?

SQL injection is a code injection technique that is capable of destroying your database. It is a code injection technique, used to attack data-driven applications, in which malicious SQL statements are inserted into an entry field for execution. (e.g. to dump the database contents to the attacker)

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