sql_build() creates a select_query S3 object, that is rendered to a SQL string by sql_render(). The output from sql_build() is designed to be easy to test, as it's database agnostic, and has a hierarchical structure.

sql_build(op, con = NULL, ...)

sql_optimise(x, con = NULL, ...)

select_query(from, select = sql("*"), where = character(),
  group_by = character(), having = character(), order_by = character(),
  limit = NULL, distinct = FALSE)

join_query(x, y, vars, type = "inner", by = NULL, suffix = c(".x", ".y"))

semi_join_query(x, y, anti = FALSE, by = NULL)

set_op_query(x, y, type = type)

sql_render(query, con = NULL, ...)



A sequence of lazy operations


A database connection. The default NULL uses a set of rules that should be very similar to ANSI 92, and allows for testing without an active database connection.


Other arguments passed on to the methods. Not currently used.


sql_build() is generic over the lazy operations, lazy_ops, and generates an S3 object that represents the query. sql_render() takes a query object and then calls a function that is generic over the database. For example, sql_build.op_mutate() generates a select_query, and sql_render.select_query() calls sql_select(), which has different methods for different databases. The default methods should generate ANSI 92 SQL where possible, so you backends only need to override the methods if the backend is not ANSI compliant.