Code Quality Comparison of Firebird, MySQL, and PostgreSQL

I have read very interesting post “Code Quality Comparison of Firebird, MySQL, and PostgreSQL” today about static analysis of three open-source RDBMS. And I wonder, should we use static code analyzers on an ongoing basis, e.g. PVS Studio?


So, the code-quality rankings are as follows:

    • 1 place – Firebird and PostgreSQL.
    • 2 place – MySQL.



Please remember that any review or comparison, including this one, is subjective. Different approaches may produce different results (though it is mostly true for Firebird and PostgreSQL, but not for MySQL).



Easy PostgreSQL docs for Sublime Text

I’m using this perfect tool called Sublime Text 3 for a bunch of tasks. One of them is viewing SQL scripts from time to time. ST3 has perfect SQL highlighting, but what I miss the most is the context help functionality, e.g. I select “LEFT JOIN” and hit F1 hot key. But that’s not problem since ST3 has a lot of packages. To solve my problem I need GotoDocumentation package and some tuning. Here is my settings for GotoDocumentation:

"docs": {
// obj containing the docs for each scope
// these are merged with the default ones
// the key value pair represent scope -> doc url
// supported placeholders:
// - %(query)s the selected text/word
// - %(scope)s the current scope
"sql": ""

"pascal": "",
// if we have no docs for the current scope
// we will try using the fallback one,
// to disable set to false
"fallback_scope": "google"

ST3 context help  for pg sql
ST3 context help for pg sql

Creating titles from text (SQL)

Task: get title (or excerpt) from given text (body)

left(body, 29) ||
COALESCE( substring( substr( body, 30 ) from '(.+?)(\,| )' ), '' ) as title,

Details: Take the first 29 characters, concatenate them with substring started from the 30-th character till the first occurrence of comma or space. Or concatenate with empty string, if pattern doesn’t match (COALESCE).

MERGE in PostgreSQL

Found cool trick how today implement Orable MERGE in PostgreSQL:

Oracle statement:


  1. MERGE INTO acme_obj_value d
  2. USING ( SELECT object_id
  3.         FROM   acme_state_tmp
  4.       ) s
  5. ON (d.object_id = s.object_id)
  6.   WHEN matched THEN
  7.     UPDATE SET d.date_value = LEAST(l_dt, d.date_value)
  8.   WHEN NOT matched THEN
  9.     INSERT (, d.object_id, d.date_value)
  10.     VALUES (acme_param_sequence.NEXTVAL, s.object_id, l_dt)

PostgreSQL statement:


  1. WITH s AS (
  2.      SELECT object_id
  3.      FROM   acme_state_tmp
  4. ),
  5. upd AS (
  6.      UPDATE acme_obj_value
  7.      SET    date_value = LEAST(l_dt, d.date_value)
  8.      FROM   s
  9.      WHERE  acme_obj_value.object_id = s.object_id
  10.      RETURNING acme_obj_value.object_id
  11. )
  12. INSERT INTO acme_obj_value(id, object_id,  date_value)
  13. SELECT NEXTVAL(‘acme_param_sequence’), s.object_id, l_dt
  14. FROM   s
  15. WHERE  s.object_id NOT IN (SELECT object_id FROM upd)


Delphi: Warnigs → Errors

Want to force your dev team to address Compiler Warnings rather than ignoring them?

Elevate Warnings to Errors:

1) Go to Project Options
2) Under Delphi Compiler, select Hints and Warnings
3) Expand the Output warnings item
4) For each important Warning you wish for your developers to address rather than ignore, select the drop-down list and select Error.


Thanks Simon Stuart for hint!