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Access 2000 - Top Nth function

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I am hoping this is a simple problem.  I have a database with a query that shows a unit number, and then every event log entry for that unit.  I am looking to have it return just the most recent result for each unit number.  The query basically looks like this:

SELECT DISTINCT product.unit_number, log.create_date
FROM (Product LEFT JOIN Log ON Product.unit_number = log.Unit_Number)
WHERE Product.Unit_Number = "Variable"
ORDER BY Product.Unit_Number

If I use a SELECT TOP 1 then I just get a single Unit Number returned.  Any help would be much appriciated.  If this question is not as easy as I believe it should be, I will raise the points offered accordingly.
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Question by:bluezmasta
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xSinbad earned 200 total points
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Try this it should select the max date or the highest date.

SELECT DISTINCT product.unit_number, max(log.create_date) as Create_Date
FROM (Product LEFT JOIN Log ON Product.unit_number = log.Unit_Number)
WHERE Product.Unit_Number = "Variable"
ORDER BY Product.Unit_Number


Cheers
Marcus
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by:SE081398
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first of all what establishes "most recent result"
is this based on date or what?

If you're using the SQL that you've got above then I can see where you may be having some trouble. The top predicate is used on things like top sales figure, top number of orders by date, top number of records based on date or customer. Or like the following.

eg: SELECT DISTINCTROW TOP 10 Products.ProductName AS TenMostExpensiveProducts, Products.UnitPrice
FROM Products
ORDER BY Products.UnitPrice DESC;

this is out of nwind.mdb in 2000  look at the example in northinds you may be able to figure a few things out.

If the sql you posted isn't the exact sql used then please post it.  it will help to decipher your problem better.



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by:BarryBulsara
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SELECT product.Unit_Number,max(log.Create_date) as YourDate  
FROM product INNER JOIN log ON product.Unit_Number = log.Unit_Number GROUP BY product.Unit_Number ORDER BY product.Unit_Number




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by:bluezmasta
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Thank you very much.  I must have been having a serious brain cramp.  Using max worked just fine.
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