Table alias in Database Query Node


I want to split my difficult SQL queries into several Database Query Nodes. Input table in Database Query Node designated by #table#. I need to write in this node queries like this:
SELECT * FROM #table# t1
SELECT * FROM #table# t2
WHERE t1.Name = t2.Name
AND t1.Version = t2.Version
AND t1.Parent = t2.Parent
But there are no possibility to use aliases (like t1 in the example over). I tried to use several syntax variants: as t1, as ‘t1’, as “t1”, AS t1, AS ‘t1’, AS “t1”, t1, ‘t1’, “t1”. No one works. Please advise how to solve this issue.
By the way, Database Connector Node allow to use alises for tables. And now I use difficult SQL queries in Database connector Node.

Hi Simulyant,
the statement looks good to me with the exception that it will never return a single row if you replace the #table# placeholder with the same database table.
What is the error message you encounter performing the query and what database are you using?

Hello, tobias.

Yes, this query will never return a single row. But it is a simple example. My real queries have additional conditions. I get the following messages “WARN DatabaseReaderConnection PreparedStatment not support by database: [Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][SQL Server]Incorrect syntax near ‘t1’.
WARN Database Query java.sql.SQLException: [Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][SQL Server]Incorrect syntax near ‘t1’.” Database: Microsoft SQL Server. And I use standard database driver in KNIME - sun.jdbc.odbc.JdbcOdbcDriver.

Helle Simulyant,
I have tryed a similar query using odbc with an oracle db (unfortunately I don’t have SQL server) and had no problems with the table alias. Have you tryed the same statement using another db client? Can you post the problematic sql statment or try a simpler statment to check if the table alias is the problem.

Hello, tobias.
The following simple query “SELECT * FROM #table# t1” caused an error “WARN DatabaseReaderConnection PreparedStatment not support by database: [Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][SQL Server]Incorrect syntax near ‘t1’. WARN Database Query java.sql.SQLException: [Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][SQL Server]Incorrect syntax near ‘t1’”. The similar query without table alias “SELECT * FROM #table#” works good. I used MS SQL Server via ODBC with driver “sun.jdbc.odbc.JdbcOdbcDriver”. I can not check it in Oracle database. And I don’t know which version of SQL Server I am using exaclty. But I suppose it is 2005 or 2008 SQL Server. Which driver you are using? If you are using the same drivers then the problem laid out of driver.

Hi Simulyant,
I made a mistake. I tryed your statement in the Database Connector where it works. In the Database Query node the statement does not work because the node adds internal a table alias to the statment e.g. “select * from #table#” is internal transformed to “select * from (previouse query) tableAlias” to support query node chaining. I will talk to Thomas if we can add table alias support in the query node for the next KNIME release.
A workaround would be to use the Database Connector node instead of the Database Query node if possible. This node does not modify the entered sql string and thus supports tabel aliases.

Hello, tobias.

I know that table aliases works in Database Connector. I wanted to use such queries exactly in Database Query node because it makes queries simplier. There are several stages of data transformation in my queries. It’s big queries about several dozens SLOC. I wanted to split such complex queries into several Database Query nodes. It can’t be done cause to database aliases issue. In other hand several database Connector nodes can’t be used sequentally cause they give data from database.
So I beleive this issue will be fixed in future releases.

Hi all, just a short update. The database alias issue will be fixed in our up-coming minor release. Thanks again, Thomas


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