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Advanced SQL Techniques: Take Next Level with CTE and SubQueries

Congratulations on mastering the basics of SQL! Now it's time to elevate your data skills with advanced SQL techniques that will enable you to tackle more complex data challenges. In this guide, we'll explore advanced SQL concepts and techniques that go beyond the basics, empowering you to unleash the full potential of SQL for data manipulation and analysis.

Common Table Expressions (CTEs):

Common Table Expressions, or CTEs, provide a powerful way to create temporary result sets that can be referenced within a query. They are particularly useful for breaking down complex queries into smaller, more manageable parts, improving readability and maintainability. Here's an example of how to use a CTE to calculate employee salaries:

    SELECT employee_id, base_salary, bonus,
           (base_salary + bonus) AS total_salary
    FROM employees
SELECT employee_id, base_salary, bonus, total_salary
WHERE total_salary > 50000;
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Window Functions:

Window functions enable you to perform calculations across a set of rows related to the current row within a query result. They are commonly used for tasks such as ranking, aggregating, and performing moving averages. Here's an example of how to use a window function to calculate the average salary by department:

SELECT department_id, employee_id, salary,
       AVG(salary) OVER (PARTITION BY department_id) AS avg_salary_by_dept
FROM employees;
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Recursive Queries:

Recursive queries allow you to query hierarchical data structures, such as organizational charts or bill of materials, by defining a query that refers to its own output. This feature is particularly useful for traversing tree-like structures and generating recursive sequences. Here's an example of how to use a recursive query to generate a Fibonacci sequence:

WITH RECURSIVE Fibonacci(n, a, b) AS (
    SELECT 1, 0, 1
    SELECT n + 1, b, a + b FROM Fibonacci WHERE n < 10
SELECT a FROM Fibonacci;
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Advanced Joins:

In addition to basic joins (INNER, LEFT, RIGHT, FULL), there are other types of joins that can be used to solve specific data challenges. For example, CROSS JOIN produces a Cartesian product of two tables, while SELF JOIN joins a table to itself. Understanding these advanced join techniques can help you design more efficient and expressive queries.


By mastering advanced SQL techniques such as Common Table Expressions, Window Functions, Recursive Queries, and Advanced Joins, you'll be able to tackle even the most complex data challenges with ease. Remember to practice regularly and experiment with different SQL features to expand your repertoire of data manipulation and analysis tools. With these advanced SQL skills in your toolkit, you'll be well-equipped to take your data skills to the next level and drive impactful insights from your datasets.

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