Problem with display RECORDCOUNT and JOINS

Posted on 2004-10-23
Last Modified: 2013-12-24
Running into a small problem with joins.

My category navigation is built through a query like this


<cfquery name="categories" datasource="#dsn#"> SELECT * FROM tblCategory ORDER BY categoryname ASC </cfquery>

Now, I want to display next to the category the number of stories that particular category has in it.

Hence, this.


<cfoutput query="categories"> <li><a href="type-choose.cfm?categoryID=#categories.categoryID#" title="#categories.categoryname#">#categories.categoryname# #RecordCount#</a></li> </cfoutput>

I tried doing this


<cfquery name="categories" datasource="#dsn#"> SELECT c.categoryname, c.categoryID, s.storyID FROM tblCategory as c LEFT OUTER JOIN tblstory as s ON c.categoryID = s.categoryID ORDER BY categoryname ASC </cfquery>

but that obviously didn't work. I tried LEFT INNER JOIN and INNER JOIN, and both gave me not the numbers I am looking for.

tblstory has a field called categoryID. and then tblcategory has 2 fields, categoryID and categoryname.

I just want to list down my page all the categories from that table. And then , next to each name, display the number of stories that are IN that category.

Whats wrong with my query.


any help is appreciated.

Question by:jag5311
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    Expert Comment

    Try this query to get categories and and the story count.  Instead of trying to print #RecordCount# you need to print #numberOfStories# when <cfoutput>ting the query

        (SELECT count(s.storyID) FROM tblstory as s WHERE c.categoryID = s.categoryID) as numberOfStories
    FROM tblCategory as c
    ORDER BY categoryname ASC

    Author Comment

    I ended up using this

    select c.categoryID
         , categoryname
         , count(s.storyID) as stories
      from tblcategory  as c
    left outer
      join tblstory as s
        on c.categoryID
         = s.categoryID
        by c.categoryID
         , categoryname    
        by categoryname asc

    But I am going to go ahead and give you the 50 points.

    Thanks for the response.

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