What is LATERAL, what is it for, and how can one use it?

Lately in couple of places I recommended people that they can solve their problem with queries using LATERAL. In some cases recipient of such suggestion indicated that they had no idea what LATERAL is. Which made me think that it might be good idea to write more about them (lateral queries)…

Also – I know that some of the examples I shown in here can be done differently, I just wanted to show how one can use LATERAL, and am terrible with coming up with better usecases.

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SQL/JSON is postponed

Back in March and April I wrote couple of blogposts about upcoming new great feature – full SQL/JSON.

Unfortunately, as of today SQL/JSON has been reverted (removed from sources), both from development version 16, but also from “almost ready" version 15.

There is lengthy discussion about it which you can definitely read if you're so inclined (side note, I didn't catch it immediately, so for future me – RMT is Release Management Team.

Obviously the feature will make its comeback. Whether it will be in 16 or later – can't tell now, but it will definitely reappear.

New SQL pretty printer – based on parsing, and not regexps

For a long time I was looking for SQL pretty printer.

Some queries that I had to deal with, over the years, were just insane to read, like this:

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Better scrolling of long explain plans on explain.depesz.com

Thanks to some discussion on Slack, and work by Alexandre Felipe viewing of large explains will be now a bit easier.

You can see it, for example, in this explain.

First of all, when you scroll down, the column headers stay in place. Plus – you can always see the horizontal scrollbar to see the rest for really long node descriptions.

Thanks a lot, I appreciate the work.

Waiting for PostgreSQL 15 – Documentation for SQL/JSON features

On 8th of April 2022, Andrew Dunstan committed patch:

Documentation for SQL/JSON features
 
This documents the features added in commits f79b803dcc, f4fb45d15c,
33a377608f, 1a36bc9dba, 606948b058, 49082c2cc3, 4e34747c88, and
fadb48b00e.
 
I have cleaned up the aggregate section of the submitted docs, but there
is still a deal of copy editing required. However, I thought it best to
have some documentation sooner rather than later so testers can have a
better idea what they are playing with.
 
Nikita Glukhov
 
Reviewers have included (in no particular order) Andres Freund, Alexander
Korotkov, Pavel Stehule, Andrew Alsup, Erik Rijkers, Zhihong Yu,
Himanshu Upadhyaya, Daniel Gustafsson, Justin Pryzby.
 
Discussion: https://postgr.es/m/cd0bb935-0158-78a7-08b5-904886deac4b@postgrespro.ru
Discussion: https://postgr.es/m/7e2cb85d-24cf-4abb-30a5-1a33715959bd@postgrespro.ru

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Waiting for PostgreSQL 15 – JSON_TABLE

On 4th of April 2022, Andrew Dunstan committed patch:

JSON_TABLE
 
This feature allows jsonb data to be treated as a table and thus used in
a FROM clause like other tabular data. Data can be selected from the
jsonb using jsonpath expressions, and hoisted out of nested structures
in the jsonb to form multiple rows, more or less like an outer join.
 
Nikita Glukhov
 
Reviewers have included (in no particular order) Andres Freund, Alexander
Korotkov, Pavel Stehule, Andrew Alsup, Erik Rijkers, Zhihong Yu (whose
name I previously misspelled), Himanshu Upadhyaya, Daniel Gustafsson,
Justin Pryzby.
 
Discussion: https://postgr.es/m/7e2cb85d-24cf-4abb-30a5-1a33715959bd@postgrespro.ru

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