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GROUP_CONCAT in Oracle 10g

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MySQL has a nice aggregate function called GROUP_CONCAT, which concatenates all strings in a group in given order, separating them with a given separator.

In one of the previous articles, I wrote about emulating this function in PostgreSQL.

Now, we'll try to emulate this function in Oracle 10g.

There are numerous solutions using Oracle's hierarchical function SYS_CONNECT_BY_PATH, but they're bad in the following ways:

  • Not all queries can be rewritten using CONNECT BY
  • Even if they can, CONNECT BY performs poorly on some conditions

Instead, we will emulate this function using Oracle's MODEL clause.
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Written by Quassnoi

April 5th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Posted in Oracle