SQL: Let there be select

This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series SQL Tutorial

At one time I was working on database reporting.  I found that I spent about 90% of my time typing select into the PL/SQL developer program that I was using.

Select, combining with a where clause, is the most common and the most important statement that we need to master.

String Pattern Matching – LIKE and NOT LIKE

For strings, we can perform pattern matching using operator like (or not like) with wildcard characters.

‘%’ matches any number of characters (including zero). For example,


Another common and important operator is IN.  It is quite similar to = but with a cleaner code.

select * from artiste where year in (1973, 1992);
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