SELECT some-boolean-expression AS okay \gset
Am I the only one who thinks that even if \if got the ability to
evaluate arbitrary SQL queries I would probably still always write
things as above?
I think putting arbitrary SQL expressions (let alone queries) would make
scripts just a total mess and impossible for humans to parse.
No. Pavel does not like them. Tom wants them to be eventually possible...
However, fine with me if it is decided that there will never be
server-side expressions after \if. A good thing is that it potentially
simplifies minimal \if client-side expressions.
Whereas storing the results in psql variables and then using those
variables in \if makes even fairly complex queries and nested \if
structures straightforward. It would also make it far clearer in what
order the queries will be evaluated and under which set of conditions.
Hmmm. I'm not sure I get it. The penalty I see is that it adds a
dummy variable which must be given a sensible name, and for very short
expressions this is not a win. But this is a minor point.
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