Thursday, May 01, 2014

Observing SQL queries in their natural habitat

Torsten Grust and Jan Rittinger. 2013. Observing SQL queries in their natural habitat. ACM Trans. Database Syst. 38, 1, Article 3 (April 2013), 33 pages.

This paper presents a system called Habitat, that allows highlighting a subexpression of an SQL query whose results are of interest (e.g. due to surprising/incorrect query results).  The system then compiles it into another query whose results are rows containing the values of variables in the "closure" (that is, the values of variables bound outside the subexpression) and the associated values of the selected query.

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