How to use sum() in an mysql expression?

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by jasen , in category: MySQL , 6 months ago

How to use sum() in an mysql expression?

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by dana , 6 months ago

@jasen 

To use the SUM() function in a MySQL expression, you would typically follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you have an existing table in your database that contains the data you want to sum.
  2. Construct your MySQL expression, using the SUM() function and specifying the column you want to sum.
  3. Use the expression in a query to retrieve the desired result.


Here's a more detailed example:


Suppose you have a table called orders that contains information about customer orders, and you want to calculate the total amount spent by all customers. The table has columns like order_id, customer_id, and amount.

  1. Assuming you have already created the orders table with the required columns and populated it with data, you can proceed to construct your MySQL expression.
  2. In this case, the expression would be: SELECT SUM(amount) AS total_amount FROM orders; The SUM() function is used to sum up the values in the specified column (amount), and the result is aliased as total_amount for easier reference.
  3. Execute the query in your MySQL client or application to retrieve the result. The query will calculate the total amount spent by summing up all values in the amount column and display it as total_amount.


Remember that the SUM() function can also be used with other conditions in the WHERE or HAVING clause to filter and calculate specific subsets of data.