Lesson 3

Filtering the Hits: Using WHERE Clause in SQL

Introduction to WHERE Clause

Hey there, Swiftie! On our SQL journey, which we're taking alongside Taylor Swift's discography, we've already learned about databases and tables, as well as how to use the SELECT statement to retrieve data. In this lesson, we're adding another tool to our SQL toolbox - the WHERE clause.

The WHERE clause in SQL allows us to filter the records we're retrieving based on specific conditions. It's similar to when you use a filter on a music streaming platform to show only Taylor Swift songs from a certain album or era.

SQL, like music, is all about finding precisely what you want when you need it. Are you ready to dive into the WHERE clause? Let's go!

Syntax of WHERE Clause

The WHERE clause can be used in a SQL query immediately after the FROM clause. The general syntax of a SQL query with a WHERE clause is:

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1SELECT column1, column2, ... 2FROM table_name 3WHERE condition;

In here, the condition part is where we specify the conditions we want to use to filter our records.

In the condition, we use comparison operators, such as the greater than (>) or equals to (=), to compare a column's value with a specified value.

Example of WHERE Clause Use

Let's see the WHERE clause in action to fetch albums from a specific year. Suppose you want to know all the albums Taylor Swift released in 2010. Here's how you would write the SQL query:

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1SELECT AlbumName, ReleaseDate 2FROM Albums 3WHERE YEAR(ReleaseDate) = 2010;

This query uses the WHERE clause to filter albums where the ReleaseDate year is equal to 2010. Note how we used the YEAR() function on ReleaseDate for this query, as ReleaseDate is a DATE type column.

Another Example

Now, let's use our newly learned WHERE clause to fetch all albums released after the year 2010.

Here's the solution code for that:

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1-- Select all albums released after the year 2010 2SELECT * FROM Albums 3WHERE YEAR(ReleaseDate) > 2010;

Let's break it down:

  • SELECT * FROM Albums: This part of our query selects all columns from the Albums table.
  • WHERE YEAR(ReleaseDate) > 2010;: This is where the magic happens! The WHERE clause filters out only the albums that were released after the year 2010. We use the YEAR(ReleaseDate) function to get the year part of ReleaseDate, and the > operator checks if it's greater than 2010.
Summary, Conclusion and Practice

Congratulations on adding another SQL clause to your toolkit!

In this lesson, we explored the importance and usage of the WHERE clause in SQL. We also learned how to use it in conjunction with the YEAR() function and a comparison operator to select specific rows from a table.

Next up, we'll learn how to use logical operators to make our queries even more precise and flexible. For now, it's time to practice what we've learned today and prepare for our next SQL adventure with Taylor Swift's Songs database! Happy coding!

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