Ben Tilly wrote:
On 8/22/07, Gregory Stark <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
"Ben Tilly" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
2. Why is 'non-integer constant in GROUP BY' an error?
Hm... I was a bit surprised by this warning myself. IIRC there was an
implementation convenience issue.

If your implementation accepts:

  group by case when true then 'foo' end

how much harder can it be to accept:

  group by 'foo'

This is not about hardness of the implementation, but rather about
non-confusing behaviour I think.

AFAIK, "group by 1" means "group by the first selected column", not
"group all rows together". But "group by 'foo'" would carry the second
meaning - "group all rows together". This is so totally counter-intuitive,
that it's not even funny...

"group by case when true then 'foo' end" looks different enough compared to
"group by 1" to make this less of a footgun.

Seems that the "group by <integer>" syntax predates the appearance of
aliases in the sql standard...

greetings, Florian flug

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