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SQL and XQuery tutorial for IBM DB2, Part 2: Basic queries

The fundamentals of SQL queries

Pat Moffatt (, Information Management Program Manager, IBM Academic Initiative, IBM
Pat Moffatt is the Information Management Program Manager for the IBM Academic Initiative. Through the Academic Initiative program, she ensures that appropriate Information Management resources are made available to help faculty integrate Information Management software into their curriculum. To learn more about this program, visit
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Bruce Creighton is a Skills Segment Planner in the Information Management Education Planning and Development department. In this role, he plans investment in educational content and balances the investment between areas where IBM can attain revenue and those where the requirement for skills development are important enough to provide free education.
Jessica Cao, Training Tools Developer, IBM
Jessica Cao is an Arts and Science and Computer Science student at McMaster University. She expects to complete her combined honours degree in April 2009. Jessica is working in IBM Toronto lab's DB2 Information Management Skills Channel Planning and Enablement Program to take advantage of her interest in programming, editing, and writing.

Summary:  Through a series of simple examples, this tutorial illustrates how to retrieve data from an IBM® DB2® database with standard SQL SELECT statements. This tutorial describes how to retrieve rows from a relational database table, retrieve specific columns, retrieve specific rows, reform logical operations on retrieved data, and use wildcard characters in search conditions. This tutorial is Part 2 of the SQL & XQuery tutorial for IBM DB2 series.

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Date:  03 Aug 2006
Level:  Introductory PDF:  A4 and Letter (97 KB | 25 pages)Get Adobe® Reader®

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Using AND, NOT, and OR connectives to create complex conditions


What cities and districts are located in the southern or western regions?

Example query

               SELECT hq_city, district, region
               WHERE region = 'South' OR region = 'West';


New OrleansNew OrleansSouth
HoustonNew OrleansSouth
San JoseSan FranciscoWest
San FranciscoSan FranciscoWest
OaklandSan FranciscoWest
Los AngelesLos AngelesWest
PhoenixLos AngelesWest

Specifying compound conditions: AND, OR, NOT and parentheses

To refine the selecting of rows, search conditions can be joined and the order of evaluation can be forced. A search condition specifies a condition that is "true," "false," or "unknown" about a given row. The result of a search condition is derived by application of the specified logical operators (AND, OR, NOT) to the result of each specified predicate. If logical operators are not specified, the result of the search condition is the result of the specified predicate. AND and OR are defined in the following table, which P and Q are any predicates:

Truth tables for AND and OR


NOT(true) is false, NOT(false) is true, and NOT(unknown) is unknown.

Search conditions within parentheses are evaluated first. If the order of evaluation is not specified by parentheses, NOT is applied before AND, and AND is applied before OR. The order in which operators at the same precedence level are evaluated is undefined to allow for optimization of search conditions.

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