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function to return rows as columns?

From: Linos <info(at)linos(dot)es>
To: "pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org" <pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: function to return rows as columns?
Date: 2009-02-27 10:41:56
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	i have a query that returns a result set like this:

item | size | stock
123  | XL   | 10
123  | XXL | 5
123  | XS   | 3

and i would like get the results like this:

item | XL | XXL | XS
123  | 10  | 5     | 3

i have been thinking how to do it with a plpgsql function but the number of 
sizes depend on the item that it is queried so i can not create a type and 
return it, i could create it like a text concatenating the stock and size of 
every row and returning the complete line text but i would have to process it in 
the application anyway so i am searching a solution that lets me return it like 
a record.

I have been searching the list and maybe i could create the record type inside 
the function and to get the correct names and number of columns in the 
application side launching a query to get the number of sizes before call the 
function to specify the columns in the function call but maybe i am missing 
anything important here? any better (or more correct) way to do this? Thanks.

Miguel Angel.


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