SQL syntax with Distinct and All

Posted on 2001-06-11
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I am presently using the below code to return a recordset for a DAO 3.6/VB6 project. It truncates the Abstract field since it is a memo field and I have found that we can't use DISTINCT with a memo field. Could someone please tell me how to alter the code to use SELECT DISTINCT for all the other fields and include the Abstract field without DISTINCT?

strSQL = "SELECT DISTINCT AuthorPub.MedlineAuthorName, Pub.Journal, Pub.Abstract, Pub.Citation , Pub.PubYear, Pub.Title, Pub.MedlineID From Pub, AuthorPub " _
& "WHERE Pub.medlineid = AuthorPub.MedlineID " _
& "AND (AuthorPub.MedlineAuthorName = '" & strAuthor & "') " _
& "ORDER BY Pub.PubYear DESC"
Question by:TurnerP
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Expert Comment

ID: 6178262
If you are reducing the number of rows for the other fields by using distinct you will also have to reduce the number of values for the memo field (you can only have one value per row).
You could use a subquery to get back the data for the memo field and a group by for all the others.

SELECT AuthorPub.MedlineAuthorName, Pub.Journal, Pub.Citation , Pub.PubYear,
Pub.Title, Pub.MedlineID ,
Abstract = (select P2.Abstract from pub p2 where =

Author Comment

ID: 6178554
OK, I understand the logic here, but I am rather new at this and don't understand subqueries and the proper syntax. I'll give you the 200 if you would please rewrite my above code incorporating the subquery so it could work. (I have a deadline and we are moving our home on Wednesday. I have packed my SQL book!)I hope you'll do this. Thanks.
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Expert Comment

ID: 6179049
try something like (this is for sql server don't know what you have)

"SELECT DISTINCT AuthorPub.MedlineAuthorName, Pub.Journal, Pub.Citation , Pub.PubYear,
Pub.Title, Pub.MedlineID, " _
& "Abstract = (select top 1 P2.Abstract from pub p2 where =, " _
& " From Pub, AuthorPub " _
& "WHERE Pub.medlineid = AuthorPub.MedlineID " _
& "AND (AuthorPub.MedlineAuthorName = '" & strAuthor & "') " _
& "ORDER BY Pub.PubYear DESC"
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Author Comment

ID: 6179366
Great! Thanks for your help. We're getting there...

It returns the following SQL statement and a runtime error 3342 (Invalid memo, OLE or Hyperlink Object in subquery 'P2.Abstract'

SELECT DISTINCT AuthorPub.MedlineAuthorName, Pub.Journal, Pub.Citation , Pub.PubYear, Pub.Title , Pub.MedlineID, Abstract = (select top 1 P2.Abstract from pub p2 where =  From Pub, AuthorPub WHERE Pub.medlineid = AuthorPub.MedlineID AND (AuthorPub.MedlineAuthorName = 'Amstey MS') ORDER BY Pub.PubYear DESC


Author Comment

ID: 6181394
According to the documentation, you can't use a memo field in a subquery. Is there a way around this?
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