Using SQL in the Real World

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Why are the examples for SQL always so lame? It's time to see what you can do with SQL on a real-world database.


Seriously, how often do you change the price in an entire price file by 15 percent? I don't know of a single situation in my career where that has happened. Yet that's the same lame example we see in every "SQL for business" book. Yes, SQL is great for handling sets of data, but more often than not, in the real world you have to do some analysis, some aggregation, some extraction, and then finally some manipulation. The good news is that SQL gives you lots of tools to do just that. The better news is that this article will show you some practical examples on how to use those tools.

The Wonders of Interactive SQL

Please note that this article is specifically about interactive SQL. This is in contrast to embedded SQL, in which you embed SQL statements in a high-level language program and use the SQL syntax to extend the programming language. Interactive SQL involves running individual statements by typing them directly into an interpreter of some kind.


Interactive SQL in the green-screen means STRSQL. STRSQL brings up a command shell, similar to using STRQSH or to calling QP2TERM. The STRSQL shell executes interactive SQL commands directly. You can also save one or more interactive statements into a text file and run the text file using the RUNSQLSTM command, although the lack of parameters diminishes the usefulness of that technique. The STRSQL session looks like this:




Once you're in the SQL session, you can start entering commands. For example, if you wanted to update your prices by 15 percent, you could do something like this:




We know, though, that a statement like the one above isn't really very useful. The reason for this article is to provide some practical examples of SQL statements that you can use in your business.

Types of Statements

SQL is an interesting language in that it has a relatively compact syntax, at least as far as the basic instructions. In fact, for someone whose role is primarily that of data mining, the SELECT statement (in all its many variants) may be the only statement needed. Add the UPDATE statement (along with the less-used INSERT and DELETE) and most data-centric tasks are covered. However, it's the very simplicity of the language that trips up a lot of beginning programmers. While it's relatively easy to get things to happen, it's not always so easy to identify the best way to accomplish common goals. So let's address some of those, shall we?


Joining Files


One of the first non-trivial SQL concepts is that of a join. In a join, you combine columns (fields) from one table (file) with columns from another file. One of the interesting syntactical issues when dealing with SQL is the idea of "handedness." SQL distinguishes between two files by calling the first one defined the left-hand file and the second one the right-hand file. Later, we'll be talking about things like LEFT OUTER JOINs, and the idea of left and right become very important.


We can walk through a couple of simple examples. First, a one-to-one relationship, where each record in the primary or left-hand file has one record in the secondary file. A practical example might be to list items in an order but get their description from the item master file. I'll use some very simple file layouts, and even those will only be partial. For example, here's the item master, with description:


     A          R ITMMASR                                           

     A            IMITEM        15          TEXT('Item Number')    

     A            IMDESC        30          TEXT('Item Description')

     A            IMTYPE         2          TEXT('Item Type')      


As you can see, I'm including very little of the file, just enough to make an example. You can see, though, that I've defined the file as an old-fashioned DDS file, complete with six-character field names, just to emphasize the point that the techniques we're talking about will work just fine with legacy databases. Next, let's take a look at the order detail file:


     A          R ORDDTLR                                           

     A            ODORD         10S         TEXT('Order Number')   

     A            ODLINE         4S 0       TEXT('Line Number')    

     A            ODITEM        15A         TEXT('Item Number')    

     A            ODQORD         9S 3       TEXT('Quantity Ordered')


Once again, this is a very simple example, but it's real business files with real business fields. Let's see what we can do. Well, first we can join the order lines to the item master to get the descriptions:





Like any SELECT statement, the join first specifies the fields desired, although in this case it includes fields from two files. Next, the statement identifies the two files using the JOIN ... ON syntax. The ON clause of the JOIN indicates which field (or fields) are used in each file to link the two files. One thing to note is that in this very simple example, I've been able to name the fields without having to qualify them because the field names are different in the two files. I'll show you more about qualifying field names a little later. Anyway, run this with the appropriate data and you might see a result like this:


        ODORD   ODLINE   ODITEM           IMDESC

      230,045        1   ITEMA            Item A

      230,045        2   ITEMB            Item B

      230,045        3   ITEMC            Item C

      230,050        1   ITEMA            Item A 

      230,050        2   ITEMC            Item C


In this case, I see two orders: one with three lines, one with only two. Not only that, I see values from two different files joined by a common key field. I know that up until now this may have seemed like SQL 101. But now I'm going to go into a couple of different directions very quickly. First, let's deal with data that isn't quite as pretty as the data above.


Handling Real Data: LEFT OUTER JOIN and COALESCE


In the real world, applications sometimes use order lines to specify non-item information: things like freight charges or various adjustments to the order. Rather than create a whole different record type for this sort of line, we simply add records without an item number. But that brings up one of the vagaries of the SQL syntax. If the item number from the ORDDTL file doesn't get a match in the ITMMAS file, then the line just doesn't show. And in fact, in the example above, a fourth line does exist, except it has no item number. To see it, we have to change our JOIN to a LEFT OUTER JOIN. At that point, we'll find ourselves in the Land of the Null Value. Here's the statement and the result:





        ODORD   ODLINE   ODITEM           IMDESC  

      230,045        1   ITEMA            Item A 

      230,045        2   ITEMB            Item B 

      230,045        3   ITEMC            Item C 

      230,045        4                    -      

      230,050        1   ITEMA            Item A 

      230,050        2   ITEMC            Item C


Notice the new fourth line, with the little "dash" for IMDESC. The dash is the universal SQL symbol for "null value," and it means that the item master was not found for the fourth record (which makes sense, since the ODITEM field for that record is blank).


The null value is a strange and awesome thing. It can cause records to be skipped for counting and averaging, it can be used to circumvent referential integrity, it can do all kinds of things. But in this case, it's not very informative. I'm going to show you a simple way to make nulls a little better behaved, and that's the COALESCE statement. Whenever you suspect that you might get a null value and you'd rather see a meaningful default value of your own choosing, you can use the COALESCE to specify that default value. In this case, I want to show "*** NO ITEM" for any item not found. I simply do this:





And here's the result:


        ODORD   ODLINE   ODITEM           COALESCE   

      230,045        1   ITEMA            Item A      

      230,045        2   ITEMB            Item B     

      230,045        3   ITEMC            Item C     

      230,045        4                    *** NO ITEM

      230,050        1   ITEMA            Item A 

      230,050        2   ITEMC            Item C

Pretty slick, eh?


Showing Unique Values


OK, let's return to the order file. Let's assume that there are more than a couple of orders. Let's assume that many of the orders have the same item number, and what we want is just a list of every item purchased. Well, if all you want is a list of distinct values for one or more fields, SQL has a great keyword: DISTINCT. Let's show the distinct values for item numbers in the example:









It's hard to tell from the output above, but there are four lines; the fourth line has an ODITEM of blank. Anyway, this is your list of unique values. And if you want to add the description, you can do so:





I'll leave that one as an exercise for you. Set up some files and see what happens when you combine DISTINCT with a JOIN. Try it on a one-to-many relationship, or try it in combination with LEFT OUTER JOIN (with or without COALESCE).


Aggregating Data


DISTINCT is a powerful keyword, but it provides only a very specific function: creating a list of unique values. What if you need more information, such as in this particular case the number of records for a given item or the total quantity? That's where the GROUP BY syntax comes into play, along with the various aggregation functions. Here's the statement that will do just what we suggested:



  GROUP BY ODITEM ORDER BY ODITEM                              


ODITEM             COUNT ( * )                SUM ( ODQORD )

                             1                        35.000

ITEMA                        2                        12.000

ITEMB                        1                        14.000

ITEMC                        2                        25.000


I've introduced a couple of new concepts. First, the COUNT(*) and SUM(ODQORD) entries in the field list are aggregation functions. The first provides a count of all the rows for the group, while SUM(ODQORD) accumulates the value of the ODQORD field. You might want to know what defines the groups. Well, that's the function of the GROUP BY clause, which in this case groups the results by item number. So you can see that in this file there are currently two records for ITEMA, with a total quantity of 12.000.


OK, now I get to show you a couple of ease-of-use tricks. Note that in this case the SQL values are suddenly very wide. In fact, I've actually deleted many of the spaces in order to get the lines to fit. That's because SQL tends to be very careful and define aggregate fields with huge numbers of digits, just in case. Also, the names of the columns are the rather unwieldy clauses that were used to define the aggregate fields. Let me show you a trick to address both of those issues at once:


SELECT ODITEM,                                          


  DECIMAL(SUM(ODQORD),12,3) AS TOTAL_QTY                



Your new data will look like this:


ODITEM            LINES         TOTAL_QTY

                      1            35.000

ITEMA                 2            12.000

ITEMB                 1            14.000

ITEMC                 2            25.000


Notice that the columns are much closer and that they have more meaningful names. The DECIMAL clause allows you to specify a number of digits and decimal places for your aggregate functions, while the simple AS clause lets you provide your own name. Of course, the tradeoff is that you have to do a lot more definition in your code. As you need more formatting in your SQL, you need more verbiage, and SQL is nothing if not verbose. That's why I'm still in favor of using SQL as the model in a traditional model-view-controller (MVC) architecture and using something (anything!) else as the view.


One other new addition is the ORDER BY clause. Please note that while various functions may seem to force the data into a particular order, SQL is never guaranteed to deliver the data in any sequence unless you specify it with the ORDER BY clause. This may sometimes seem counter-intuitive, but you should get into the habit of always specifying an ORDER BY clause in any situation where the order of the data is significant, and in business that's just about any situation.


Qualifying Fields


I'm running out of room, but I promised you that I'd show you how qualified names work. To do that, let me use a slightly different example: customers and corporate customers. Often in real applications, customers are grouped under a higher-level customer for accounting or reporting purposes. One way of doing this is to specify a field called a "corporate customer." This is usually a second customer number within the customer master file, and it might look something like this:


     A          R CUSMASR             

     A            CMCUST         6  0

     A            CMCORP         6  0

     A            CMCOMP         3  0

     A            CMNAME        50    


This file has a customer number and name, as well as a company number (not germane to this discussion) and a corporate customer number. So let's say we had an umbrella customer of Costco for the corporate account and then a separate customer number for each individual store. Well, if I wanted to show the corporate customer and its children, I might try something like this:





However, the first thing I would see is an error message stating "Duplicate table designator CUSMAS not valid." Instead, I have to alias the names so that the SQL processor can distinguish between the parent and the child values.





What I've done is rename the two versions of CUSMAS, the left-hand side being called CORP, the right-hand side being called CUST. Once that's in place, I then have to qualify each of my field references, since the SQL processor needs to know which side, left or right, to get the value from. Once I've done that, though, the system will happily provide me with the list of customer relationships:


  CMCUST   CMNAME                CMCUST   CMNAME               

 100,000   Costco - Corporate   100,200   Costco - Schaumburg  

 100,000   Costco - Corporate   100,150   Costco - Glenview    

 100,000   Costco - Corporate   100,250   Costco - Bloomingdale

 100,000   Costco - Corporate   100,300   Costco - Niles       

 100,000   Costco - Corporate   100,100   Costco - Lake Zurich 


You may have noticed, by the way, that I cheated a little bit; I shortened the length of the corporate customer name. Otherwise, it would have taken up way too much space. Also, the children are returned in no particular order; you might recall from earlier in the article that this is because I didn't specify an ORDER BY clause.

What About RDi?

I'd be remiss, of course, if I didn't mention the benefits of Rational Developer for i for SOA Construction (RDi-SOA) for SQL processing. RDi-SOA contains the Data Perspective, which is a graphical interface for creating and executing SQL statements. The interface is very familiar to those who have used other SQL clients and also to those who are familiar with the Eclipse and Rational product lines.

The tools within the Data Perspective are more advanced than those available in the green-screen. While SQL does a very good job within the confines of the 24x80 green-screen paradigm, the graphical assistance capabilities of the Eclipse product line show through pretty well.

Here, for example, is the wizard-generated Data Definition Language (DDL) source for a file that was created using DDS source and the standard CRTPF command:


















This is pretty impressive. I had actually thought about writing a tool to build DDL until I found the simple menu option within the Data Perspective that does it for me.


The biggest bad news about this is the fact that the Data Perspective is not included as part of the base RDi product, although we've pleaded with IBM to do so. It seems to me that if you want to get RPG programmers off of the green-screen, you need to provide them with an alternative to STRSQL, and the Data Perspective is just that (and a whole lot more!). However, as of this writing, you still need to license the RDi-SOA to get the Data Perspective functionality.

Final Word

I hope you were able to get some practical use out of this article. As you can probably guess, I've only just begun to scratch the surface. Of the tasks I mentioned at the beginning of the article, I've only managed to touch on analysis and aggregation, and not even those very deeply. If there's interest, I'll continue this series with some more practical examples. I'm looking forward to your feedback.

Joe Pluta

Joe Pluta is the founder and chief architect of Pluta Brothers Design, Inc. He has been extending the IBM midrange since the days of the IBM System/3. Joe uses WebSphere extensively, especially as the base for PSC/400, the only product that can move your legacy systems to the Web using simple green-screen commands. He has written several books, including Developing Web 2.0 Applications with EGL for IBM i, E-Deployment: The Fastest Path to the Web, Eclipse: Step by Step, and WDSC: Step by Step. Joe performs onsite mentoring and speaks at user groups around the country. You can reach him at

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    • Data automation in practice

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  • The Top Five RPG Open Access Myths....BUSTED!

    SB_Profound_WC_GenericWhen it comes to IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition, there are still many misconceptions - especially where application modernization is concerned!

    In this Webinar, we'll address some of the biggest myths about RPG Open Access, including:

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  • Time to Remove the Paper from Your Desk and Become More Efficient

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericToo much paper is wasted. Attempts to locate documents in endless filing cabinets.And distributing documents is expensive and takes up far too much time.
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    • Capture
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  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400


    IBM’s Steve Will talks AS/400, POWER9, cognitive systems, and everything in between

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

    IBM i was built on the same foundation.
    Watch this recorded webinar with IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will and IBM Power Champion Tom Huntington to gain a unique perspective on the direction of this platform, including:

    • IBM i development strategies in progress at IBM
    • Ways that Watson will shake hands with IBM i
    • Key takeaways from the AS/400 days


  • Ask the RDi Experts

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWatch this recording where Jim Buck, Susan Gantner, and Charlie Guarino answered your questions, including:

    • What are the “hidden gems” in RDi that can make me more productive?
    • What makes RDi Debug better than the STRDBG green screen debugger?
    • How can RDi help me find out if I’ve tested all lines of a program?
    • What’s the best way to transition from PDM to RDi?
    • How do I convince my long-term developers to use RDi?

    This is a unique, online opportunity to hear how you can get more out of RDi.


  • Node.js on IBM i Webinar Series Pt. 2: Setting Up Your Development Tools

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application. In Part 2, Brian May teaches you the different tooling options available for writing code, debugging, and using Git for version control. Attend this webinar to learn:

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    • Debugging Node.js
    • The basics of Git and tools to help those new to it
    • Using as a pre-built development environment



  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericDuring this webinar, you’ll learn basic tips, helpful tools, and integrated file system commands—including WRKLNK—for managing your IFS directories and Access Client Solutions (ACS). We’ll answer your most pressing IFS questions, including:

    • What is stored inside my IFS directories?
    • How do I monitor the IFS?
    • How do I replicate the IFS or back it up?
    • How do I secure the IFS?

    Understanding what the integrated file system is and how to work with it must be a critical part of your systems management plans for IBM i.


  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

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    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

    Don't miss this chance to take your knowledge of IBM i security beyond the basics.



  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn today’s threat landscape, upper management is laser-focused on cybersecurity. You need to make progress in securing your systems—and make it fast.
    There’s no shortage of actions you could take, but what tactics will actually deliver the results you need? And how can you find a security strategy that fits your budget and time constraints?
    Join top IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he outlines the five fastest and most impactful changes you can make to strengthen IBM i security this year.
    Your system didn’t become unsecure overnight and you won’t be able to turn it around overnight either. But quick wins are possible with IBM i security, and Robin Tatam will show you how to achieve them.

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

    SB PowerTech WC GenericA growing number of compliance mandates require sensitive data to be encrypted. But what kind of encryption solution will satisfy an auditor and how can you implement encryption on IBM i? Watch this on-demand webinar to find out how to meet today’s most common encryption requirements on IBM i. You’ll also learn:

    • Why disk encryption isn’t enough
    • What sets strong encryption apart from other solutions
    • Important considerations before implementing encryption



  • Security Bulletin: Malware Infection Discovered on IBM i Server!

    SB PowerTech WC GenericMalicious programs can bring entire businesses to their knees—and IBM i shops are not immune. It’s critical to grasp the true impact malware can have on IBM i and the network that connects to it. Attend this webinar to gain a thorough understanding of the relationships between:

    • Viruses, native objects, and the integrated file system (IFS)
    • Power Systems and Windows-based viruses and malware
    • PC-based anti-virus scanning versus native IBM i scanning

    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. IBM i security expert Sandi Moore explains the facts, including how to ensure you're fully protected and compliant with regulations such as PCI.



  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

    SB PowerTech WC GenericCyber attacks often target mission-critical servers, and those attack strategies are constantly changing. To stay on top of these threats, your cybersecurity strategies must evolve, too. In this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access




  • 10 Practical IBM i Security Tips for Surviving Covid-19 and Working From Home

    SB PowerTech WC GenericNow that many organizations have moved to a work from home model, security concerns have risen.

    During this session Carol Woodbury will discuss the issues that the world is currently seeing such as increased malware attacks and then provide practical actions you can take to both monitor and protect your IBM i during this challenging time.


  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic3 easy ways to get IBM i data into Excel every time
    There’s an easy, more reliable way to import your IBM i data to Excel? It’s called Sequel. During this webinar, our data access experts demonstrate how you can simplify the process of getting data from multiple sources—including Db2 for i—into Excel. Watch to learn how to:

    • Download your IBM i data to Excel in a single step
    • Deliver data to business users in Excel via email or a scheduled job
    • Access IBM i data directly using the Excel add-in in Sequel

    Make 2020 the year you finally see your data clearly, quickly, and securely. Start by giving business users the ability to access crucial business data from IBM i the way they want it—in Microsoft Excel.



  • HA Alternatives: MIMIX Is Not Your Only Option on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this recorded webinar, our experts introduce you to the new HA transition technology available with our Robot HA software. You’ll learn how to:

    • Transition your rules from MIMIX (if you’re happy with them)
    • Simplify your day-to-day activities around high availability
    • Gain back time in your work week
    • Make your CEO happy about reducing IT costs

    Don’t stick with a legacy high availability solution that makes you uncomfortable when transitioning to something better can be simple, safe, and cost-effective.



  • Node Webinar Series Pt. 1: The World of Node.js on IBM i

    SB Profound WC GenericHave you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application.
    Part 1 will teach you what Node.js is, why it's a great option for IBM i shops, and how to take advantage of the ecosystem surrounding Node.
    In addition to background information, our Director of Product Development Scott Klement will demonstrate applications that take advantage of the Node Package Manager (npm).
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  • The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security

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    Here’s the harsh reality: cybersecurity pros have to get their jobs right every single day, while an attacker only has to succeed once to do incredible damage.
    Whether that’s thousands of exposed records, millions of dollars in fines and legal fees, or diminished share value, it’s easy to judge organizations that fall victim. IBM i enjoys an enviable reputation for security, but no system is impervious to mistakes.
    Join this webinar to learn about the biggest errors made when securing a Power Systems server.
    This knowledge is critical for ensuring integrity of your application data and preventing you from becoming the next Equifax. It’s also essential for complying with all formal regulations, including SOX, PCI, GDPR, and HIPAA
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  • Backup and Recovery on IBM i: Your Strategy for the Unexpected

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates the routine tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable. Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution. Key features include:
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  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution. Key features include:
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    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
    - Seamless product integration
    Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Easiest Way to Save Money? Stop Printing IBM i Reports

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
    Manage your reports with the Robot Report Management Solution. Key features include:

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    - Browser interface to make notes
    - Custom retention capabilities
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  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. Key features include:
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    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
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  • ACO MONITOR Manages your IBM i 24/7 and Notifies You When Your IBM i Needs Assistance!

    SB DDL Systems 5429More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. ACO MONITOR manages your Power System 24/7, uses advanced technology (like two-way messaging) to notify on-duty support personnel, and responds to complex problems before they reach critical status.

    ACO MONITOR is proven technology and is capable of processing thousands of mission-critical events daily. The software is pre-configured, easy to install, scalable, and greatly improves data center efficiency.