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vb.net sql

I am using this code

   
        cmd.Connection = con
        cmd.CommandText = "SELECT NAME FROM table1 group by NAME "
        datareader = cmd.ExecuteReader(CommandBehavior.SingleResult)

        Do While datareader .Read = True
            combobox1.Items.Add(datareader .GetString(0))
        Loop

the combobox populates with the data from that database the problem is the group by isn't working. Does it work in vb.net. I need to eliminate the same names. This table has a person name in it more then once I just need it to be in the combobox once not every entry. What do I do?


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mrloumrlouCommented:
try "SELECT DISTINCT NAME FROM TABLE1"
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hogan9111Author Commented:
didn't work
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mrloumrlouCommented:
How many names are there?  Are just a couple names not merging?  If so, they may have a space after them.  Try the same thing but trim it:
"SELECT DISTINCT LTRIM(RTRIM(NAME)) FROM TABLE1"

That has to be it because DISTINCT will not bring back duplicates.
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hogan9111Author Commented:
u were right I had a space after the 1.

Hey real quick I am trying to tie to tables together a 1 to many relationship and I am having problems in vb.net getting it to work.

How do you link to tables

this is what I have as far as tables

table1
name = primary key
date
age

table2
id = primary key autonumber
name
grade
location

what is the proper way to link the two tables. I would like to do so because if I decide to delete a certain name I want it to take it out of both tables, not just 1.



Any ideas

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UncleMidriffCommented:
You probably already know this, but I would advise using something other than "name" as a primary key in table1.  It is not all that uncommon of an occurence for two people in the same database to have the same first and last name.  If you already knew that, just ignore me :)

Here's how I would set up the two tables:

Table1
PersonID
Name
Date
Age

Table2
GradeID
PersonID
Grade
Location

Then if you want to delete a person from both of these tables, you'll have to go and delete every record in Table2 that has that person's PersonID value in the PersonID field.  Once you've done that, you can delete the person from Table1.

If I completely misunderstood your question, please forgive me.  It's getting late and close to time for me to go home.

Good luck.
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hogan9111Author Commented:
what sql statement would I use to pull the two tables together for viewing, updating, etc
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hogan9111Author Commented:
you there?????
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