From Jet SQL to SQL server SQL

I'm a developer floundering in the world of the DBA. I need to pass a SQL string through ADO that will return records in a CROSS-TAB type fashion. I can do it in access using the following

SELECT dbo_TestSpec.TestID
FROM dbo_ProductSpec INNER JOIN dbo_TestSpec ON dbo_ProductSpec.TestID = dbo_TestSpec.TestID
GROUP BY dbo_TestSpec.TestID, dbo_ProductSpec.SourceID
HAVING (((dbo_ProductSpec.SourceID)='FinalProdt'))
ORDER BY dbo_TestSpec.TestID;

to create an Access query/view QA_Test

then use the following

TRANSFORM Max(dbo_TestResult.Result) AS MaxOfResult
SELECT dbo_TestResult.ProductNo
FROM QA_Tests LEFT JOIN dbo_TestResult ON QA_Tests.TestID = dbo_TestResult.TestID
GROUP BY dbo_TestResult.ProductNo
PIVOT QA_Tests.TestID;


to give the view I want. I can't however do this in SQL server. I can create the QA_Tests view OK but the second query won't run in SQL. Are the TRANSFORM and PIVOT functions valid in SQL server.

I would be grateful of a push in the right direction.


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rdrrichardsCommented:
You can use your first SQL statement to build a view in SQL Server, that's no problem. If you want to present the data in a pivot or cross tab control that's something you will have to handle on the client side of you app. The TRANSFORM and PIVOT key words or functionality are built into Access and SQL Server doesn't have anything like  it, at least not yet.

My suggestion would be to build the view you need on SQL Server and then use a pivot table or cross tab control on the client to present the data the way you wish. Have the control use the view you created as the data source.

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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
I'm DBA for SQL Server 7 and didn't run into such thinks like TRANSFORM or PIVOT, but if somebody finds I'm interested too

The way i work around this generally is to build dynamic SQL statemtents that are executed with EXEC ( ) or sp_ExecuteSQL () when parameters are needed
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rdrRichards

Thanks, that saves a lot of time looking for something that doesn't exist.

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