What you'll learn

Level: Beginner

String operations in most relation databases (RDBMS) are, arguably, needlessly painful. Fortunately, YSQL inherits much of PostgreSQL and as such, is much better than many other databases in this regard.

This mini-course introduces some of the ways that you can operate on and manipulate character data in your YSQL queries using various operators and built-in functions. Being able to concatenate strings, replace values, and create powerful filter expressions are just some of the ways that string operations can be extremely helpful.

The course format is a series of exercises.  Each exercise is about 5 minutes. To help you along, each exercise includes a hint and a detailed solution. 


Wanted: Architects, Developers, Administrators, and Business Leaders

Your curiosity and desire to learn YSQL are the only requirements for this mini course. The hands-on labs and exercises come complete with step-by-step instructions and easy to follow explanations and solutions.


What you'll need

  • Operating System:
    macOS 10+, Ubuntu 16+, or Windows 10+

  • Chromium web browser:
    Chrome, Opera, or Microsoft Edge

  • YugabyteDB Managed free cluster

  • YugabyteDB Community Slack account

Course details

Duration 45 minutes

  1. 01
    • 👋 Welcome!

    • 🪁 Get Started with YugabyteDB Managed

    • 🧪 [LAB]: Create a YugabyteDB Managed free cluster

    • 🔭 [LAB]: Create the ysql_exercises database

    • 🤾🏿‍♂️ Format the names of members

    • 🤾🏼 Find facilities by a name prefix

    • 🤾‍♀️ Perform a case-insensitive search

    • 🤾🏻‍♂️ Find telephone numbers with parentheses

    • 🤾🏽 Pad zip codes with leading zeroes

    • 🤾‍♂️ Count the number of members whose surname starts with each letter of the alphabet

    • 🤾🏻 Clean up telephone numbers

    • 📚 Additional reading

    • 🧰 Your YugabyteDB skill on LinkedIn

    • 🏆 Learning Path Tracker

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YSQL Exercises - String operations

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Frequently asked questions

  • What is the cost?

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  • Is this course self-paced? In other words, do I decide to learn when I want and on my schedule?

    Yes, you do!

    This is a self-paced course! You can start, stop, pause, resume, and replay whenever you feel like it.

    Using the Course Player, for example, you can watch learning videos whenever you want.

    This course doesn't have any on-demand labs for hands-on exercises, but for our courses that do have labs, they are available when you want as well!

  • For this course, do I need to purchases a YugabyteDB software license?

    For this course, do I need to purchases a YugabyteDB software license? You do not need to purchase a YugabyteDB software license for this course. YugabyteDB is open source software.

    You can sign up for YugabyteDB Managed free cluster without a credit card or payment method.

  • Do I need to sign up for a YugabyteDB Managed free cluster?

    Do I need to sign up for a YugabyteDB Managed free cluster? What an interesting idea!

    Most of our courses require a YugabyteDB cluster, so an on-demand YugabyteDB Managed free cluster is a great option.

    If a course requires a YugabyteDB cluster, the course will provide two options:

    (1) a lab provides instructions for how to sign up for a YugabyteDB Managed free cluster, or...

    (2) an on-demand, lab environment that includes a YugabyteDB cluster.

  • What do I receive for completing this course?

    A big THANK YOU from the team at Yugabyte University!

    If you complete all of the courses in the learning path, you will automatically receive proof of completion and join a special group of students.

  • Sometimes I get stuck. How can I get help?

    If you get stuck, help is a literally a click away. In the Course Player header bar, select Discussions and post a question, concern, or even suggestion.

    We also have a #training channel on YugabyteDB Community Slack.

    In the Course Player, you always find instructions on how to get help in the Help lesson.

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  • Can I enroll in just this course?

    Yes, you can. Simply enroll and start right away. It's free and fun! For this learning path, there are seven courses with a suggested order. You can enroll in any course you want.