Mathematica has some excellent data query and analysis methods, but can also perform as a front-end to an SQL database.

Having worked as an SQL DBA in the past I would like to investigate further what Mathematica can do, for that purpose I am looking for some ( any ) online avalaible SQL database I can connect to and perform queries on.

I have been told that there are tons of online SQL practice databases. My bad is that I wasn't able to find any. From that my thoughts went to Google Trends, although it doesn't seem to have a connection to query front-ends other than it's own. It doesn't have to be a Google Trends database.

Basically any ( relatively large ) database will do.

Can anyone suggest a way to go further with this?

Thanks in advance.

  • $\begingroup$ learnsql.com/blog/free-online-datasets-to-practice-sql $\endgroup$
    – Syed
    Commented Jan 17, 2022 at 14:52
  • $\begingroup$ I have been there, thank you Syed. I need an SQL database connection string : user / password / networkaddress:port ; did you find one on this blog ? $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 17, 2022 at 14:55
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    $\begingroup$ I think that a service (such as querying someone's database) would not come for free except for the most limited usage; but you can download datasets to practice on your own computer. Another good source for data: databank.worldbank.org/home $\endgroup$
    – Syed
    Commented Jan 17, 2022 at 15:16
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    $\begingroup$ There is a more modern (than DatabaseLink) framework shipped with Mathematica starting from version 12, which uses entities and EntityFramework as a front end and generates SQL for a specific backend, for you. It is however limited to reading from databases, at least in terms of documented functionality. You can look at this Q/A for a shorter description, and here is a longer, more detailed tutorial $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 19, 2022 at 22:43

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You can experiment with the RNACentral public PostgreSQL database.


conn = OpenSQLConnection[
  JDBC["PostgreSQL", "hh-pgsql-public.ebi.ac.uk/pfmegrnargs"],
  "Username" -> "reader", "Password" -> "NWDMCE5xdipIjRrp"

List of tables

tables = SQLTableNames[conn]

Columns in the xref table

SQLColumns[conn, "xref"]

Extract just the column names

SQLColumns[conn, "xref"] // 
 Cases[#, SQLColumn[{"xref", column_}, ___] :> column] &

Execute a query using an SQL string.

SQLExecute[conn, "select * from xref where ac = 'OTTHUMT00000106564.1'"]

Same query using WL SQLSelect expression queries

SQLSelect[conn, "xref", SQLColumn["ac"] == "OTTHUMT00000106564.1"]

Close the connection when you are done


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