# Using JSON dataype for database queries – PostgreSQL

I was torn between using relational database and document database like mongodb, elastic search etc for certain requirement. In fact I started learning elasticsearch but getting some of the tasks done with elasticseach is very painful compared to how easy its done in relational database. This was impacting my timeline and I was spending way too much time doing troubleshooting.

This is when I came across json datatype in PostgreSQL. This is combinations of easiness of relational database and document query capabilities of elastic seach. Of course this would be bit slower than elasticseach (I have not benchmarked the performance, buts its guess) but it is OK as I am in prototype phase, I just need to validate my business case, once it flies, I will make a switch be relevant document database.

Meanwhile, lets us see how to work with JSON datatype of PostgreSQL

### select clause

Because -> operator returns a JSON object, you can chain it with the operator ->> to retrieve a it in text format.

SELECT id, productid,  productdetails -> 'productBaseInfoV1' ->> 'productUrl' AS customer
FROM public.ecomm_productdetails;
SELECT id, productid,  productdetails -> 'productBaseInfoV1' -> 'productUrl' AS customer
FROM public.ecomm_productdetails;


### where clause

Please note you always need to use final element with ->> since this needs to be matched with text field.

SELECT id, productid,  productdetails
FROM public.ecomm_productdetails
WHERE productdetails -> 'productBaseInfoV1' ->> 'title' = 'Apple iPhone 6 (Grey, 128 GB)';


SELECT id, productid,  productdetails
FROM public.ecomm_productdetails
WHERE productdetails -> 'productBaseInfoV1' ->> 'title' like 'OPPO%';


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