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Treffynnon Treffynnon - 7 months ago 54
MySQL Question

Are there any published coding style guidelines for SQL?

Often I will end up with very complex SQL statements and I wondered if there was style guideline out there that dictates a common way of laying various aspects of a query out.

I am look for something descriptive along the lines of Python's PEP8 or Zend Frameworks guidelines and not code by example.

Most of my queries are written for MySQL.

So do you know of a universal style guide? Perhaps you have written one yourself. Please share your guidelines.


Since asking this question I have written a public SQL style guide that is compatible with Joe Celko's SQL Programming Style book under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike licence.

It is available over at or as markdown directly from the GitHub repo.