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Your SQL Developer Cheat Sheet to use Coginiti’s AI Capabilities

Chris Coad
June 23, 2023

We’re super excited about our new built-in generative artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities. In our last blog post we explored a few reasons why you should incorporate AI capabilities into your daily SQL development work.

Today, we’re going to get tactical and provide you with a cheat sheet of some categories and questions you can use as prompts to help you improve your SQL skills and become more productive.

Syntax and Debugging

Ah, syntax errors and debugging—the never-ending comedy show that we unwittingly star in. It’s like performing on a stage without a script, hoping to deliver a flawless performance. But alas, the syntax gremlins lurk in the shadows, ready to turn our code into a circus act. Whether it’s a missing semi-colon or parenthesis that is bringing our project crashing down, they hide in the darkest of corners mocking our efforts to find the solution. With each wild guess and failed attempt frustration starts to build. Fear not though, here are a few questions you can ask Coginiti AI to help you turn your frustration into elation:

  • “What is the correct syntax for joining multiple tables?”
  • “How can I write a subquery in SQL?”
  • “What is the difference between INNER JOIN and LEFT JOIN?”

Query Optimization and Performance

Being a Database Administrator (DBA) is like being the guardian of a bustling metropolis—except your city is made of data. Just like a traffic jam can turn even the most patient person into a grumpy commuter, slow database performance can drive DBAs up the wall. Keep the database lights green and your DBAs happy by asking Coginiti AI how you can improve query performance.

  • “How can I optimize this query for better performance?”
  • “What indexes should I create for this table?”
  • “What are some techniques to avoid slow queries?”
  • “Can you suggest ways to improve the efficiency of my SQL code?”

Data Manipulation and Analysis

Learning the foundations of SQL for data manipulation and analysis is like building the world’s most epic sandcastle on the beach. You start with a simple shovel and bucket, eager to create something magnificent. As you dig deeper into the SQL sand, you start to realize you’re going to need more support to keep your masterpiece standing. You have questions and need answer to get the end results you’re expecting. Coginiti AI steps in to help you answer those questions, like:

  • “How do I retrieve distinct values from a column?”
  • “What is the best way to handle NULL values in SQL?”
  • “How can I calculate the average of a column based on certain conditions?”
  • “What are some methods to pivot and unpivot data in SQL?”
  • “How do I use aggregate functions like COUNT, SUM, and AVG?”
  • “What is the best way to filter and sort data based on multiple conditions?”
  • “Can you show me an example of a SQL query that finds the top 10 highest values in a column?”

Database Design and Schema Management

Designing and managing databases is like building a grand amusement park from scratch. You’re the visionary architect, creating a world of data-filled adventures and managing the chaos that comes with it. But sometimes you need a resource to help you finish your plans. Instead of dusting off the book on the shelf or seeking for a result in a search engine, ask Coginiti AI – your expert data assistant:

  • “What are the benefits of normalization in database design?”
  • “How can I create a primary key or foreign key constraint?”
  • “What are the considerations for denormalizing a table?”
  • “What are the differences between clustered and non-clustered indexes?”

Troubleshooting and Error Handling

As you delve into the world of data analysis, you encounter errors that pop up like mischievous pranks. It’s like a misbehaving clown throwing pie charts at your face, giggling in the background. You then realize that error messages are like riddles. They speak in cryptic language, challenging you to decipher their hidden meanings. But where to find the answers? Ask Coginiti’s AI questions like this to help you find the answers:

  • “I’m getting an error, how can I debug and fix it?”
  • “What could be causing a ‘Table not found’ error?”
  • “How do I handle exceptions and errors in SQL?”
  • “Can you explain the meaning of this specific error message?”

Advanced SQL Concepts

Learning advanced SQL concepts is like embarking on a whimsical journey into the mystical realm of data sorcery. You leave behind the land of simple SELECT statements and set sail towards uncharted territories of window functions, recursive queries, and exotic beasts like CTEs. As a brave SQL apprentice, you’re wondering just how to put start using all these ingredients together to make the perfect potion and need to learn more. Coginiti AI is here to help you answer your questions on your quest to reach the next level of your SQL adventure.

  • “What is the purpose of a stored procedure in SQL?”
  • “How can I use window functions for advanced analytics?”
  • “What are common use cases for recursive queries in SQL?”
  • “Can you explain the concept of transaction isolation levels?”
  • “How can I write a recursive SQL query to traverse a hierarchical data structure?”
  • “What are common use cases for window functions in SQL?”
  • “Can you provide an example of a SQL query using common table expressions (CTEs)?”

These are just a few examples of SQL related categories and questions that you can ask Coginiti AI. What are you waiting for you SQL sleuth? Add Coginiti Pro or Premium to your data detective and adventure bag today – both have free 30-day trials.