15.00 - Typical Uses for Table Functions - Teradata Database

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Typical Uses for Table Functions

The most common use for table functions is to analyze non‑relational data or to convert non‑relational data to relational data. Possible applications include the following:

  • Converting flat file data into relational tables.
  • Converting XML and web data into relational tables.
  • Analyzing spreadsheet data or converting it into relational tables.
  • Very informally, you can think of table functions as a facility for creating a view‑like mechanism that allows various SQL processing facilities to process and analyze numerous types of non‑relational data.