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One of the first things we should do when we start working with a database is confirm how many tables each database has, and identify the fields contained in each table of the database.
We use different commands to do this in Teradata than we use in MySQL. Instead of using SHOW or DESCRIBE to get a list of columns in a table, use:
HELP TABLE [name of table goes here]
To get information about a single column in a table, we could write:
HELP COLUMN [name of column goes here]
The output of these commands will be a table with several columns. The important columns for you to notice are “Column Name”, which tells you the name of the column, and “Nullable”, which will have a “Y” if null values are permitted in that column and an “N” if null values are not permitted.
One thing that is missing from the information outputted by HELP is whether or not a column is a primary or foreign key. In order to get that information, use a SHOW command: SHOW table [insert name of table here];
However, SHOW does something different in Teradata than it does in MySQL. Teradata uses SHOW to give you the actual code that was written to create the table. You can ignore much of the SHOW output for our purposes, but the end of the create table statement tells you what defaults were set for each column in the table.For example, in the following output:
STORE INTEGER NOT NULL, CITY CHAR(20) CHARACTER SET LATIN NOT CASESPECIFIC, STATE CHAR(2) CHARACTER SET LATIN NOT CASESPECIFIC, ZIP CHAR(5) CHARACTER SET LATIN NOT CASESPECIFIC,
The STORE column was configured so that it would not accept null values, the CITY, STATE, and ZIP columns were configured so that their values would not be case specific, and the column STORE was defined as the primary key of the table.
Most of the syntax you use to look at your data in Teradata is the same as you use in MySQL.
One of the main differences is that Terdata uses a TOP operator instead of a LIMIT operator to restrict the length of a query output. Whereas LIMIT comes at the end of a MySQL query, TOP comes immediately after SELECT in a Teradata query. The following statement would select the first 10 rows of the strinfo table as they are stored in the native database
SELECT TOP 10 *
The following statement would select the first 10 rows of the strinfo table,ordered in ascending alphabetical order by the city name (you would retrieve names that start with “a”):
SELECT TOP 10 *
ORDER BY city ASC
The following statement would select the first 10 rows of the strinfo table,ordered in descending alphabetical order by the city name (you would retrieve names that start with “w” and “y”):
SELECT TOP 10 *
ORDER BY city DESC
The following query would retrieve 10 random rows from the strinfo table:
The following query would retrieve a random 10% of the rows from the strinfo table:
DISTINCT and LIMIT can be used in the same query statement in MySQL, but DISTINCT and TOP cannot be used together in Teradata
MySQL accepts either double or single quotation marks around strings of text in queries,but Teradata will only accept single quotation marks
MySQL will accept the symbols “!=” and “<>” to indicate “does not equal”, but Teradata will only accept “<>” (other operators, like “IN”, “BETWEEN”, and “LIKE” are the same: http://www.teradatawiki.net/2013/09/Teradata-Operators.html)
select top 1 saledate, (orgprice-sprice) as margin from trnsact where orgprice<>sprice order by saledate ASC, margin DESC
SELECT TOP 10 register,saledate ,orgprice,sprice FROM trnsact WHERE extract(year from saledate)=2004 AND extract(MONTH from saledate)=8 AND extract(DAY from saledate)< 10 ORDER BY orgprice DESC, sprice DESC;
SELECT DISTINCT brand FROM skuinfo WHERE brand LIKE '%liz%'
SELECT TOP 10 store FROM store_msa WHERE city IN ('LITTLE ROCK','MEMPHIS','TULSA') ORDER BY STORE ASC;
SELECT top 1 sku FROM trnsact ORDER BY orgprice DESC
SELECT TOP 1 orgprice from trnsact WHERE SKU=3631365 ORDER BY orgprice DESC
SELECT TOP 1 color from skuinfo where brand='LIZ CLAI' ORDER BY sku DESC
SELECT COUNT(DISTINCT deptdesc) FROM deptinfo WHERE deptdesc LIKE 'e%'
SELECT COUNT(DISTINCT state) FROM strinfo
SELECT TOP 10 orgprice, sprice, orgprice-sprice AS margin, saledate FROM trnsact WHERE orgprice<>sprice ORDER BY saledate ASC, margin DESC