How to Write a Common Table Expression in Redshift

Common table expressions (CTEs) are a great way to break up complex queries. Using CTEs usually result in a more readable and maintainable query versus using subqueries. Here's a simple query to illustrate how to write a CTE:

with beta_users as (
  select *
  from users
  where beta is true
select events.*
from events
inner join beta_users on ( = events.user_id);

You can find more complex examples of using CTEs in How to Avoid Gaps in Series Data in Redshift and in Calculating Cumulative Sums in Redshift.

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