mattdipasquale mattdipasquale - 11 months ago 39
SQL Question

SELECT posts and their comments

I have three tables:

, and

How do I
the first three posts, each with their comment count and first three comments?

Example: SQL Fiddle

Goal is to build a table like the one below

  • The first row of each post_id grouping is the post

  • The comment_id is that post's comment count

  • The next rows are the first three comments for that post

Expected output:

-- post_id comment_id user_id body created_at
-- 1 4 1 Hello. I'm Jane. August, 28 2016 14:12:01
-- 1 1 2 Nice post, Jane. August, 28 2016 14:12:01
-- 1 2 1 Thank you, John. August, 28 2016 14:12:01
-- 1 3 2 You're welcome. August, 28 2016 14:12:01
-- 2 2 1 This is post 2. August, 28 2016 14:12:01
-- 2 5 2 I like this. August, 28 2016 14:12:01
-- 2 6 1 Why, thank you. August, 28 2016 14:12:01
-- 3 0 1 This is post 3. August, 28 2016 14:12:01

Answer Source

Understanding the logic behind the expected output

You have a pretty sophisticated demand for your expected output. From what I understood from your sql fiddle looking at expected result, you want to:

  1. get first three posts
  2. get first three comments for them
  3. append the result from 1 and 2 with different logic for columns comment_id and body

The difference in logic seems to be like below:

For each row representing a post:

  • in comment_id store number of comments for that post
  • in user_id store the user that wrote a post
  • in body store the body of the post
  • in created_at store the timestamp when the post was created

While for each row representing comment the logic is analogical (but for a comment, not a post) with the exception of comment_id column where you want to store the comment id.

Query and explanation

For live example look at SQL fiddle

First, take first three posts and build rows for them counting comments for each one. Then, union those posts rows with comment rows, and use row_number() function to limit comment rows in the output to maximum of 3 per a post.

Assigning 0 as row number for posts means they fulfill the condition of rn <= 3.

To order the output as you wish so that for every post their comments are sorted right after them I've added an order_column to be able to include it in ORDER BY.

WITH first_posts AS (
    SELECT AS post_id, COUNT( AS comment_id, p.user_id, p.body, p.created_at
    LEFT JOIN comments AS c
    ON = c.post_id
    GROUP BY 1, 3, 4, 5
SELECT post_id, comment_id, user_id, body, created_at
    SELECT 1 AS type, post_id, comment_id, user_id, body, created_at, 0 AS r
    FROM first_posts
    SELECT 2 AS type, p.post_id,, c.user_id, c.body, c.created_at, 
    FROM first_posts AS p
    INNER JOIN comments AS c
    ON p.post_id = c.post_id
    ORDER BY post_id, type, comment_id
) AS f
WHERE r <= 3;