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What is "best" probably depends on your current metric for "best". Developer time spent? (Is developer and DBA the same person? How familiar are you with SQL?) Processing time? Amount of data transferred? Readable code? Maintainability? Versioning?

I've also shifted more logic to Postgres recently and keep the queries in the code trivial. It's because I like that SQL is declarative and there's no intermediate state to mess up (the whole query can be processed within a transaction).

As for readability (refactoring) you have several options in Postgres. Going the PL/pgSQL route probably means you're gravitating back towards procedural code. It does have its uses, but I try to avoid it whenever I reasonably can. Try using language SQL [1] instead. Another option is functions. Can be more readable but likely less efficient (they're a barrier for the query planner), just as PL/pgSQL. I've been mostly happy using nested views (and materialized views) lately. But whenever you can, use CTEs to structure your queries.

YMMV, just providing ideas to think about.

[1] https://www.postgresql.org/docs/12/xfunc-sql.html






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