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Boy I wish there was a way to create a table from a select query

I was doing some SQL work today when I had a thought:

Boy I wish there was a way to create a table from a select query

I started in Navicat to see if it was possible.  After find nothing I decided to google it all the while thinking in my head how I was going to create a script to do this if I couldn't find anything.

I found something. I was happy yet sad.  Happy because I didn't have to take the time to create something.  Sad because I didn't have to create the tool.  It sounded like a fun project.

What did I find you ask?

The "Create Table as" statement.

CREATE TABLE [ IF NOT EXISTS ] new_table [ AS ] 
  SELECT expressions
  FROM existing_tables
  [WHERE conditions];

The best part about it is the statement knows to go to the existing tables to get the column type, size etc.   Such a tremendous time saver.  I cannot believe in all my years of programming I never stumbled upon this type of statement.



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