Oracle SQL for EPM Tips and Tricks S01EP08


Hey guys how are you? Today I’ll expand a little bit more the REGEXP team just to show how easier and powerful these functions are, not to mentioning how dynamic.

In the last post S01EP04 I explained how to split a string in different columns. The thing is, what if you don’t want to split in different columns? what if you want just to have the string as a list in the same column?

We can also do that with a very nice trick using REGEXP_COUNT. Let’s take a look on this.

In the previous post we had a query like this:

As I said there, using REGEXP is very simple to “walk”trough the string and get any part of it you want. And is also simple to transform a string in a list of values. To do that we just need to add one extra connect by and the REGEXP_COUNT function like this:

What that CONNECT BY LEVEL <= REGEXP_COUNT(PATH, ‘[^|]+’) is doing is basically increasing by 1 for each “|” he finds in the string we have, in other words, he is dynamically “walking” through the string looking for “|” and passing the Level he find a “|” to the REGEXP_SUBSTR above. The result is:

As you can see, the REGEXP_COUNT will return the number of “|” he finds in the string, the CONNECT BY LEVEL will multiply that string by that number and the REGEXP_SUBSTR will “walk” the string using the LEVEL of each row to extract the list of members from that string.

This is very useful to manipulate strings that you don’t know the amount of members you want to extract from that, like UDA members for example, that when you extract from ASO cubes, comes in a string all together.

I hope this is a useful trick for you guys and see you soon.

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