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SQL | Temporary tables and table variables exercise | Temporary tables - first letter count of events
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- Open the SQL file you've just unzipped (you can press CTRL + O to do this); then
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Using the INTO syntax, create a temporary table holding a count of the number of event names beginning with the same letter.
Use LEFT to return only the first letter from the EventName column, then GROUP BY this and perform a COUNT.
The problem with INTO is that it decides the data type of the column based on the current data. Try adding XZ as a first letter with a count of 57 using INSERT INTO:
-- Trying to add this data gives an error
INSERT INTO #EventsByLetter
values ('xz', 57)
This should generate an error:
The original data type is too small.
Add a statement at the top of your query to create a new table called #EventsByLetter with two columns:
|Number of events||int|
Now change your SELECT statement so that it adds the first letter summary rows into this table, rather than creating a new table. The syntax of the command to insert rows into an existing table looks something like this:
INSERT INTO TableName (
When you run this revised query, it should accommodate the xz insertion also, and allow you to display the final results:
Use ORDER BY to put the results into alphabetical order by the First Letter column.
Optionally save this as Tables of Temp-tation.sql, then close it down.