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News and Notes on the Structured Query Language

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SELECT count(a.field1), a.field2, SUM(b.field4) FROM a INNER JOIN b ON a.key1 = b.key1 WHERE a.field8 = 'test' GROUP by a.field1, a.field2 HAVING SUM(b.field4) > 5 ORDER by a.field.3

Into this:

SELECT count(a.field1),
  a.field2,
  SUM(b.field4) 
FROM a INNER JOIN b 
  ON a.key1 = b.key1 
WHERE a.field8 = 'test' 
GROUP by a.field1, 
  a.field2 
HAVING SUM(b.field4) > 5 
ORDER by a.field3

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