As we demonstrated in a previous lesson, DECODE is very good at transforming a list of returned values from one string to another.
DECODE is also very useful when dealing with a small number of possible values, but it can make SQL statements long and cumbersome if there are hundreds of values.
Below we see a SQL query to change region_codes to meaningful names:
DECODE (region,10, ’EAST’,
3 rows selected.
The DECODE function within Oracle becomes even more powerful when it is combined with other built-in functions.
The MouseOver below shows what can happen when you use the GROUPING and ROLLUP BIFs with DECODE.
Grouping rollup bifs
Now, let us look at some of the other Oracle-supplied extensions to Oracle SQL.
First, click the Exercise link below to practice writing an SQL statement that uses a built-in function.
Oracle Decode - Exercise