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MySQL with CTEs

As an example for my class on the usefulness of Common Table Expressions (CTEs), I created three examples with Python. They extend an exercise in Chapter 9 on subqueries from Learning SQL by Alan Beaulieu. All of the examples work with the sakila sample database.

These bullets describe the examples:

  1. Uses local variables and a range for loop and if statement that uses the variables to evaluate and add an element to the derived table (or query result set) from MySQL.
  2. Uses a CTE with substitution variables from the Python program, which eliminates the need to evaluate and add an element to the query result set because the query does that.
  3. Uses a table to hold the variables necessary to evaluate and add the element to the query result set.

This is the first Python program:

# Import the library.
import sys
import …
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MySQLdb Manage Columns

Sometimes trying to keep a post short and to the point raises other questions. Clearly, my Python-MySQL Program post over the weekend did raise a question. They were extending the query example and encountered this error:

TypeError: range() integer end argument expected, got tuple.

That should be a straight forward error message because of two things. First, the Python built-in range() function manages a range of numbers. Second, the row returned from a cursor is actually a tuple (from relational algebra), and it may contain non-numeric data like strings and dates.

The reader was trying to dynamically navigate the number of columns in a row by using the …

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