Jan 21, 2023 8:00 PM

What is a Common Table Expression (CTE) and how do you use them?

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We've had some questions about what a Common Table Expression (CTE) is. Patrick describes what they are and how you can use them in SQL Server or Azure Synapse

We've had some questions about what a Common Table Expression (CTE) is. Patrick describes what they are and how you can use them in SQL Server or Azure Synapse Analytics

More about A Common Table Expression (CTE)

A Common Table Expression (CTE) is a temporary named result set or table that exists in the database for a limited time. It can be used to break down complex queries into simpler parts, allowing you to refer back to previously defined tables and columns without repeating them. You use CTEs by writing an expression after the keyword WITH. This expression defines the name of the CTE, followed by its column definitions and their data types, and then finally a query which populates it with data. The CTE can then be referenced like any other table in subsequent queries within the same statement.

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