I am dealing with a DB whose transaction table could have been split up into 2, but dev team decided it was not worth it.
Now I want to retrieve the transactions and their dates. Problem is : table includes 2 different types of transactions, meaning: I have 2 date columns : “transaction_date” and “beta_transaction_date” (I am modifying the names for confidentiality).
For my data analysis, date column is one single datum. How do I select a fused date column, transactions, and beta_transaction? (I should get corresponding Null values for either quantity in one of the transaction column for every quantity populated in either beta_transaction or standard transaction)
I considered something around those lines
SELECT date AS d, b_date AS d, transaction, b_transaction FROM transaction
… Could this be the way to go? I can’t test right now but I don’t think this works.
If my question is nonsense pls excuse me and just delete it, I am a super beginner. I am using Postgres 12 but don’t think this is specific to Postgres.
Based on your description, I think this might be what you need:
SELECT [date] as d , transaction FROM table1 WHERE [date] is not null UNION ALL SELECT b_date as d , b_transaction FROM table1 WHERE b_date is not null
This has the advantage that if you have a row that has non-null values for both dates, you’ll pick up both sets of dates and transaction values.
Another way would be to have just a single
SELECT statement, with a
COALESCE([date], b_date) or
ISNULL([date], b_date) expression, but, if you had non-null values in both date columns, you’d wind up returning the info from the first one listed in the function and ignoring the second. The option with the
UNION ALL will return all the data where
[date] is non null, and all the data where
b_date is non-null.
This may also be able to take advantage of any indexes built over the date fields (for any further sorting or selecting), whereas the results of
ISNULL() would not.