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Connor McDonald

Thanks for the question, Shrenik.

Asked: June 25, 2016 - 8:58 am UTC

Answered by: Connor McDonald - Last updated: March 09, 2019 - 3:00 am UTC

Category: Database - Version: 11g

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I have a table like:

Client Process Date Status

A B 21-june Y

C D 22-june N

A B 22-june N

C D 21-june Y



n rows

I want to display a report in the following format:

Client Process 21-June 22-june .. .... n colums



Please help with the query

and we said...

If the row values (and hence columns that will result) is fixed and known in advance, you can use a simple PIVOT clause

See here for a simple example

If you need to dynamically generate the column list, then check out this facility built by the guys at AMIS

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No Aggregate Funtion

August 31, 2018 - 3:08 pm UTC

Reviewer: BillC from Woodland Park, CO USA

Sorry Tom but from the link supplied I couldn't figure how to transpose with out using an aggregate function.

The question posted seems identical to my need which has no aggregates.

What I have:
select label, value from mytbl
labelA W
labelB X
labelC Z

What I want:
labelA, labelB, labelC

Did I miss how to do it ?
Chris Saxon


August 31, 2018 - 3:40 pm UTC

You can find a worked example on my blog:

You need to use an aggregate that will do a no-op on your values. For strings you could use min or max.

How to Covert rows into columns using collections at a time

March 06, 2019 - 12:27 pm UTC

Reviewer: Praveen Darla from INDIA

column1 || column 2
------- ---------
a b

expected result

If more columns are there then print the row values into table using collections for better performance.

Please help me out.

Chris Saxon


March 06, 2019 - 1:06 pm UTC

That's just an unpivot:

select * from t
unpivot ( 
  val for col in ( col1, col2 )

If more columns are there then print the row values into table using collections for better performance.

I'm not sure what you're getting at here. Why do you want to use collections and why do you think they'll improve performance?

Converting rows into columns

March 08, 2019 - 9:10 am UTC

Reviewer: Praveen Darla from INDIA

Thanks for Unpivot , is good but performance wise it might not be useful .

Is that possible to achieve through collections.

If possible please give some example.
Connor McDonald


March 09, 2019 - 3:00 am UTC

Once "might" becomes "and here is my test case proving the issue" then we'll be able to take a look at it