Learn How to Write SQL From R

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Writing SQL from R

We’re going to generate SQL from R using 3 key packages:

  • DBI – For connecting to & working with databases
  • RSQLite – For working with the SQLite-variety of database
  • tidyverse – Gives us dbplyr – the database-backened to dplyr – FOR FREE!! OMG!

Step 1: Connect to database
Use DBI to make a connection

DBI has the dbConnect() function. Let’s use this to establish a connection with our SQL database.

Examine the connection. You should see a connection object has been created and the SQL database has one table named “MPG”.

Step 2: Write Dplyr, Generate SQL
Use the dbplyr backend to auto-magically create SQL for us.

DBI has the show_query() function we can use to generate SQL…

…and here’s the result!

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