7.2 Using the Query Service

Objective

  • Find and explore datasets
  • Learn how to address Experience Data Models objects and attributes in your queries

Context

In this you will learn how to use PSQL to retrieve information about the available datasets, how to write a queries for Experience Data Model (XDM), and write your first simple reporting queries using the Query Service and Citi Signal datasets.

7.2.1 Basic Queries

In this you will learn about the methods to retrieve information about the available datasets and how to properly retrieve data with a query from an XDM dataset.

All the datasets hat we have explored via Adobe Experience Platform in the beginning of 1, are also available for access via a SQL interface as tables. To list those tables you can use the show tables; command.

Execute show tables; in your PSQL command-line interface. (do not forget to end your command with a semicolon).

Copy the command show tables; and paste it at the prompt:

command-prompt-show-tables.png

You will see the following result:

aepenablementfy21:all=> show tables;
                            name                            |        dataSetId         |                            dataSet                             | description | resolved 
------------------------------------------------------------+--------------------------+----------------------------------------------------------------+-------------+----------
 demo_system_event_dataset_for_call_center_global_v1_1      | 5fd1a9dea30603194baeea43 | Demo System - Event Dataset for Call Center (Global v1.1)      |             | false
 demo_system_event_dataset_for_mobile_app_global_v1_1       | 5fd1a9de250e4f194bec84cd | Demo System - Event Dataset for Mobile App (Global v1.1)       |             | false
 demo_system_event_dataset_for_voice_assistants_global_v1_1 | 5fd1a9de49ee76194b85f73c | Demo System - Event Dataset for Voice Assistants (Global v1.1) |             | false
 demo_system_event_dataset_for_website_global_v1_1          | 5fd1a9dee3224d194cdfe786 | Demo System - Event Dataset for Website (Global v1.1)          |             | false
 demo_system_profile_dataset_for_loyalty_global_v1_1        | 5fd1a9de250e4f194bec84cc | Demo System - Profile Dataset for Loyalty (Global v1.1)        |             | false
 demo_system_profile_dataset_for_ml_predictions_global_v1_1 | 5fd1a9de241f58194b0cb117 | Demo System - Profile Dataset for ML Predictions (Global v1.1) |             | false
 demo_system_profile_dataset_for_mobile_app_global_v1_1     | 5fd1a9deddf353194a2e00b7 | Demo System - Profile Dataset for Mobile App (Global v1.1)     |             | false
 demo_system_profile_dataset_for_website_global_v1_1        | 5fd1a9de42a61c194dd7b810 | Demo System - Profile Dataset for Website (Global v1.1)        |             | false
 journey_step_events                                        | 5fd1a7f30268c5194bbb7e5e | Journey Step Events                                            |             | false

At the colon, press space bar to see the next page of the resultset, or enter q to revert to the command prompt.

Every dataset in Platform has its corresponding Query Service table. You can find a dataset’s table via the Datasets ui:

ui-dataset-tablename.png

The demo_system_event_dataset_for_website_global_v1_1 table is the Query Service table that corresponds with the Demo System - Event Schema for Website (Global v1.1) dataset.

To query some information about where a product was viewed, we will select the geo information.

Copy the statement below and paste it at the prompt in your PSQL command-line interface and hit enter:

select placecontext.geo
from   demo_system_event_dataset_for_website_global_v1_1
where  eventType = 'commerce.productViews'
and placecontext.geo.countryCode <> ''
limit 1;

In your query result, you will notice that columns in the Experience Data Model (XDM) can be complex types and not just scalar types. In the query above we would like to identify geo locations where a commerce.productViews did occur. To identify a commerce.productViews we have to navigate through the XDM model using the . (dot) notation.

aepenablementfy21:all=> select placecontext.geo
aepenablementfy21:all-> from   demo_system_event_dataset_for_website_global_v1_1
aepenablementfy21:all-> where  eventType = 'commerce.productViews'
aepenablementfy21:all-> and placecontext.geo.countryCode <> ''
aepenablementfy21:all-> limit 1;
                  geo                   
----------------------------------------
 ("(57.4694803,-3.1269422)",Tullich,GB)
(1 row)

Notice the result is a flat object rather than a single value? The placecontext.geo object contains four attributes: schema, country and city. And when an object is declared as a column it will return the entire object as a string. The XDM schema may be more complex than what you are familiar with but it’s very powerful and was architected to support many solutions, channels, and use cases.

To select the individual properties of an object, you use the . (dot) notation.

Copy the statement below and paste it at the prompt in your PSQL command-line interface:

select placecontext.geo._schema.longitude
      ,placecontext.geo._schema.latitude
      ,placecontext.geo.city
      ,placecontext.geo.countryCode
from   demo_system_event_dataset_for_website_global_v1_1
where  eventType = 'commerce.productViews'
and placecontext.geo.countryCode <> ''
limit 1;

The result of the above query should look like this.
The result is now a set simple values:

aepenablementfy21:all=> select placecontext.geo._schema.longitude
aepenablementfy21:all->       ,placecontext.geo._schema.latitude
aepenablementfy21:all->       ,placecontext.geo.city
aepenablementfy21:all->       ,placecontext.geo.countryCode
aepenablementfy21:all-> from   demo_system_event_dataset_for_website_global_v1_1
aepenablementfy21:all-> where  eventType = 'commerce.productViews'
aepenablementfy21:all-> and placecontext.geo.countryCode <> ''
aepenablementfy21:all-> limit 1;
 longitude  |  latitude  |  city   | countrycode 
------------+------------+---------+-------------
 -3.1269422 | 57.4694803 | Tullich | GB
(1 row)

Don’t worry, there is an easy way to obtain the path towards a specific property. In the following part you will learn how.

You will need to edit a query, so let’s first open an editor.

On Windows

Click the search icon in the windows toolbar, type notepad in the search field, click the notepad result:

windows-start-notepad.png

On Mac

Install Brackets or use another Text Editor of choice if you don’t have it installed and follow the instructions. After installation, search for Brackets via Mac’s spotlight search and open it.

Copy the following statement to notepad or brackets:

select your_attribute_path_here
from   demo_system_event_dataset_for_website_global_v1_1
where  eventType = 'commerce.productViews'
and placecontext.geo.countryCode <> ''
limit 1;

Go back to your Adobe Experience Platform UI (should be open in your browser) or navigate to https://platform.adobe.com.

Select Schemas, enter Demo System - Event Schema for Website (Global v1.1) in the search field and select Demo System - Event Schema for Website (Global v1.1) Schema from the list.

browse-schema.png

Explore the XDM model for Demo System - Event Schema for Website (Global v1.1), by clicking on an object. Expand the tree for placecontext, geo and schema. When you select the actual attribute longitude, you will see the complete path in the highlighted red box. To copy the attribute’s path, click on the copy path icon.

explore-schema-for-path.png

Switch to your notepad/brackets and remove your_attribute_path_here from the first line. Position your cursor after select on the first line and paste (CTRL-V).

Copy the modified statement from notepad/brackets and paste it at the prompt in your PSQL command-line interface and hit enter.

The result should look like:

aepenablementfy21:all=> select placeContext.geo._schema.longitude
aepenablementfy21:all-> from   demo_system_event_dataset_for_website_global_v1_1
aepenablementfy21:all-> where  eventType = 'commerce.productViews'
aepenablementfy21:all-> and placecontext.geo.countryCode <> ''
aepenablementfy21:all-> limit 1;
 longitude  
------------
 -3.1269422

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