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MySQL Workbench GUI – Create Table

In this blog post, you will learn how to create a MySQL table using the various tools MySQL Workbench provides without typing any SQL code. Continue reading and learn how…

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Query Results to CSV with MySQL Workbench – Medium cross-post

We know how common and useful CSV files are. If you need to save a particular query’s results to a CSV file, it couldn’t be easier than with MySQL Workbench. I recently wrote a quick post over on my Medium account covering this and am sharing it here for any interested readers…


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SQL Handling Nulls

Interesting questions always come via my students. For example, “Why does the selective aggregation sample return null values as totals from the SUM() function in MySQL?”

First, here’s the code to build the sample table for the problem:

CREATE TABLE transaction
( transaction_id      int unsigned primary key auto_increment
, transaction_date    date
, transaction_amount  double );

INSERT INTO transaction
( transaction_date, transaction_amount )
 ('2021-01-10', 56)
,('2020-01-02', 52)

Now, here’s the selective aggregation query:

SELECT   EXTRACT(YEAR FROM transaction_date) AS "Year"
,        SUM(
             WHEN EXTRACT(MONTH FROM transaction_date) = 1 THEN transaction_amount
            END) AS "Jan"
,        SUM( …
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Customer ERD

Now that we’ve migrated to MySQL for our core database course, I’m building MySQL Workbench analysis problems. We start with a lecture trying to flush out a simple address, and then ask them to figure out how to link it to a customer table.

Designing it, I emphasized how it resolves the issue of a city occurring in multiple counties and states, like Fremont. Fremont occurs 17 times in the US and once in Haiti:

Naturally, I left two other design issues in the problem. I’m working through it for the first time with classes tomorrow. I hope it works well. Any comments?


After downloading and installing MySQL 8.0.24 yesterday, I opened a command shell. In the command shell, I could access the MySQL Shell (mysqlsh.exe) but not the MySQL Client (mysql.exe). Typing in the following:


It returned:

'mysql' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

The MySQL Client (mysql.exe) was installed because MySQL Workbench relies on it. However, the MySQL Microsoft Software Installer (MSI) does not put the mysql.exe file’s directory in the common Windows %PATH% environment variable. You can find the required %PATH% directory variable by opening the File Manager and searching for the mysql.exe file.

You should return several directories and programs but the directory you want is:

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From Spreadsheet to Database with MySQL Workbench

In the last post I covered some of the many reasons to migrate data from a spreadsheet to a database and now it is time to show how to do just that.  Moving data from a spreadsheet into MySQL can actually be pretty simple in many cases. Now I will not mislead you by telling you that all cases are easy but there is an easy way to make this migration.  And I highly recommend the following process when possible as it can save lots of time. More painful migrations will be covered in the future but this post is my favorite 'fast and easy' process.

This is a guide to taking data from a spreadsheet and easily moving that data into a MySQL database instance. The trick is the Import Wizard in MySQL Workbench that does a lot of the detail work for you. In a future post we will go into what you have to do when you are not …

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Import CSV file with MySQL Workbench

CSV imports with MySQL Workbench, is super simple. Since CSV’s are probably the most common data interchange format, it goes without saying that importing CSV data into MySQL is a staple task for all DBA’s and Developers. Continue reading to learn how easy it is using MySQL Workbench…

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MySQL macOS Docker

While you can download MySQL as a DMG package, a number of users would prefer to install it as a Docker instance. You won’t find the macOS downloads on the same web site as other downloads. You can use the following macOS download site.

After installing Docker on your macOS, you can pull a copy of the current MySQL Server with the following command:

docker pull mysql/mysql-server

You should create a mysql directory inside your ~/Documents directory with this command:

mkdir ~/Documents/mysql

Then, you should use the cd command to change into the ~/Documents/mysql directory and run this command:


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MySQL sakila Database

While I thought my instructions were clear, it appears there should have been more in my examples for using the MySQL MSI. A key thing that happened is that students opted not to install:

Samples and Examples 8.0.22

Unfortunately, they may not have read the Preface of Alan Beaulieu’s Learning SQL, 3rd Edition where he explains how to manually download the files from the MySQL web site. Here are those, very clear, instructions (pg. XV) with my additions in italics for the MySQL Shell:

First, you will need to launch the mysql command-line client or the mysqlsh command-line shell, and provide a password, and then perform the following steps:

  1. Go to and download the files for the …
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MySQL Shell Parsing

I’ve been experimenting with the mysqlsh since installing it last week. It’s been interesting. Overall, I’m totally impressed but I did find a problem with how it parses stored procedures.

First thought is always, is it my code? I checked the file by running it as a script file through MySQL Workbench. It ran perfectly in MySQL Workbench but failed repeatedly when run from the mysqlsh utility. Next step, reduce the code to a small test case, retest it, and log a bug if it is replicated. My test case in a test.sql file generates the following errors when run from the mysqlsh utility:

 MySQL  localhost:33060+ ssl  studentdb  SQL > source test.sql
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.0003 sec)
ERROR: 1064: You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the …
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