Posted on 2016-09-02
Last Modified: 2016-11-12
I have the below query that pulls the number of calls by hour today, what i would like to do is pull the data for the last 10 days, but have each day represented as a column and then it show null or 0 if no data for that interval.

I need to use the query in ORACLE SQL DEVELOPER

select to_char(startdate, 'hh24'), count(*) as totalcalls
from tbl_calls
where startdate >=  TRUNC(SYSDATE) - 1/86400
group by to_char(startdate, 'hh24')
order by to_char(startdate, 'hh24');

I would like data to be represented like this

HR   - Then a column for previous 10 days.
7         11    12  22  35   16  12
Question by:dkilby
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select to_char(startdate, 'hh24'), count(*) as totalcalls
from tbl_calls
where startdate >=  TRUNC(SYSDATE -10)
group by to_char(startdate, 'hh24')
order by to_char(startdate, 'hh24');

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Give this a try - I don't have an Oracle server available at the moment to test
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PortletPaul earned 500 total points
ID: 41782415
It would perhaps be more conventional (and more flexible) to have hours as columns and dates as rows because the hours in a day is a fixed number. However you can use conditional aggregates for what you ask:
      to_char(startdate, 'hh24')
    , count(case when startdate >= TRUNC(SYSDATE) - 10 and startdate < TRUNC(SYSDATE) - 9 then startdate end) as D10
    , count(case when startdate >= TRUNC(SYSDATE) -  9 and startdate < TRUNC(SYSDATE) - 8 then startdate end) as D9
    , count(case when startdate >= TRUNC(SYSDATE) -  8 and startdate < TRUNC(SYSDATE) - 7 then startdate end) as D8
    , count(case when startdate >= TRUNC(SYSDATE) -  7 and startdate < TRUNC(SYSDATE) - 6 then startdate end) as D7
    , count(case when startdate >= TRUNC(SYSDATE) -  6 and startdate < TRUNC(SYSDATE) - 5 then startdate end) as D6
    , count(case when startdate >= TRUNC(SYSDATE) -  5 and startdate < TRUNC(SYSDATE) - 4 then startdate end) as D5
    , count(case when startdate >= TRUNC(SYSDATE) -  4 and startdate < TRUNC(SYSDATE) - 3 then startdate end) as D4
    , count(case when startdate >= TRUNC(SYSDATE) -  3 and startdate < TRUNC(SYSDATE) - 2 then startdate end) as D3
    , count(case when startdate >= TRUNC(SYSDATE) -  2 and startdate < TRUNC(SYSDATE) - 1 then startdate end) as D2
    , count(case when startdate >= TRUNC(SYSDATE) -  1 and startdate < TRUNC(SYSDATE)     then startdate end) as D1
    , COUNT(*) AS totalcalls
FROM tbl_calls
WHERE startdate >= TRUNC(SYSDATE) - 10 and and startdate < TRUNC(SYSDATE)
      to_char(startdate, 'hh24')
      to_char(startdate, 'hh24')

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Please also note that you do not need (and should not use)  minus 1 second because you are using greater than OR EQUAL TO
2016-09-01 23:59:59

2016-09-02 00:00:00
Deducting 1 more second is just unnecessary and opens up a small margin for error if the data happens to be timestamps.
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ID: 41782416
Deducting 1 more second is just unnecessary and opens up a small margin for error if the data happens to be timestamps.
This seemed odd to me as well.
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Expert Comment

ID: 41782425
Deducting one second has a long history (i.e. "old fashioned"), it can easily lead to error so whenever I see it (or something similar) I try to correct it.

There was a time when databases only dealt with time precision to the closest second, but that is no longer true. In Oracle 11 & 12  a timestamp's precision is up to 9 decimal points of a second.

So if a column is timestamp, or changed from date to timestamp, deducting one second is simply no longer accurate. It isn't even needed if the data is of dates only because of the equal condition, so, as I said it is simply not needed and should not be used.

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thank you

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