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SELECT * EXCEPT (...)

Applies to ✅ Open Source Edition   ✅ Express Edition   ✅ Professional Edition   ✅ Enterprise Edition

A useful extension to the previously mentioned standard SQL SELECT * syntax is the BigQuery inspired * EXCEPT (columns) syntax, which takes all of a projection's columns, except some columns. Just like the asterisk itself, this is mainly useful for ad-hoc querying, but it can also be useful for an occasional jOOQ query.

// Renders a SELECT * statement - Explicit unqualified asterisk
create.select(asterisk().except(BOOK.ID)).from(BOOK).fetch();

// Renders a SELECT BOOK.* statement - Explicit qualified asterisk
create.select(BOOK.asterisk().except(BOOK.ID))
      .from(BOOK)
      .fetch();

create.select(BOOK.asterisk().except(BOOK.ID), AUTHOR.asterisk().except(AUTHOR.ID))
      .from(BOOK, AUTHOR)
      .fetch();

If a dialect doesn't support this syntax natively, jOOQ will just expand the syntax for you, explicitly, given the knowledge about meta data in generated code.

Dialect support

This example using jOOQ:

select(asterisk().except(LANGUAGE.ID)).from(LANGUAGE)

Translates to the following dialect specific expressions:

ASE, Access, Aurora MySQL, Aurora Postgres, CockroachDB, DB2, Derby, DuckDB, Exasol, Firebird, HSQLDB, Hana, Informix, MariaDB, MemSQL, MySQL, Oracle, Postgres, Redshift, SQLDataWarehouse, SQLServer, SQLite, Sybase, Teradata, Trino, Vertica, YugabyteDB

SELECT LANGUAGE.CD, LANGUAGE.DESCRIPTION
FROM LANGUAGE

BigQuery

SELECT * EXCEPT (ID)
FROM LANGUAGE

H2

SELECT * EXCEPT (LANGUAGE.ID)
FROM LANGUAGE

Snowflake

SELECT * EXCLUDE (ID)
FROM LANGUAGE

(These are currently generated with jOOQ 3.20, see #10141), or translate your own on our website

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