Joining a table to the latest matching row of another table

Posted on 2004-09-30
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I have two tables, SupportCall and CallHistory. The CallHistory table records the conversations that happen for a support call. I want a query that returns columns for a specified SupportCall, plus columns from the latest CallHistory row. CallHistory has an IDENTITY column HistoryID. How do I join the tables in a single query?

A column SupportCallID joins the tables. CallHistory has columns HistoryID, SupportCallID, ConversationDate, and ConversationDetails.
Question by:crescendo
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SELECT sc.*, ch.*
FROM SupportCall sc INNER JOIN CallHistory ch ON sc.SupportCallID = ch.SupportCallID
ORDER BY SupportCallID, HistoryID
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SELECT TOP 1 a.*, b.*
FROM SupportCall a INNER JOIN CallHistory b ON a.SupportCallID = b.SupportCallID
WHERE a.SupportCallID = @aSpecifiedSupportCall
ORDER BY HistoryID desc
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>for a specified SupportCall

SELECT sc.*, ch.*
FROM SupportCall sc INNER JOIN CallHistory ch ON sc.SupportCallID = ch.SupportCallID
WHERE SupportCallID = 123
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If you need it for all support callls

SELECT a.*, c.*
FROM SupportCall a
   select SupportCallID, max(HistoryId) as HistoryID from CallHistory group by SupportCallID
) b ON a.SupportCallID = b.SupportCallID
INNER JOIN CallHistory c on b.HistoryID = c.HistoryID
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Ah, you got it right the first time, Hilaire, crescendo asked for the latest CallHistory row.

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Thanks to everyone for the amazingly quick response. As usual, Hilaire has an elegant solution.

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