Using Expressions in a SELECT Clause

Knowing how to use expressions is arguably one of the most important concepts you’ll learn in this book. You’ll use expressions for a variety of purposes when working with SQL. For example, you would use an expression to

  • Create a calculated column in a query

  • Search for a specific column value

  • Filter the rows in a result set

  • Connect two tables in a JOIN operation

We’ll show you how to do this (and more) as we work through the rest of the book. We begin by showing you how to use basic expressions in a SELECT clause.


Throughout this chapter, we use the “Request/Translation/Clean Up/SQL” technique introduced in Chapter 4.

You can use basic expressions in a SELECT clause to clarify information in a result set ...

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