Returning the min value of a record while grouping by event

I am using the following table:

Date       EventName        StartTime      EndTime
3/1/05   Work                 8:00am          8:30am
3/1/05   Meeting             8:30am          9:00am
3/1/05   Work                 9:00am          9:30am
3/1/05   Work                 9:30am         10:00am
3/1/05   Work                 10:00am        10:30am
3/1/05   Lunch                10:30am        11:00am

It maintains a schedule for staffed employees and must be stored in 30 minute increments.  However, I have a requirement to represent the schedule with only the first instance of the event displayed.  Like this:

3/1/05        Work            8:00am
3/1/05        Meeting        8:30am
3/1/05        Work            9:00am
3/1/05        Lunch           10:30am

I have tried to group by the event and return the first or min value of that event so that I get only the first start time of that event, but the recordset returns:

3/1/05     Work           8:00am
3/1/05     Meeting        8:30am
3/1/05        Lunch           10:30am

I need it to pull in the 2nd start of the event Work.  

Anyone help?
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I don't think grouping will work for your case. You will need a stored procedure to manipulate a cursor which will create a secondary table skipping the records that are consecutive. This is a stored procedure that will iterate through your records one by one:

-- =============================================
-- Create procedure with CURSOR OUTPUT Parameters
-- =============================================
-- drop the store procedure if it already exists
         FROM   sysobjects
         WHERE  name = N'udpGetEvents'
         AND         type = 'P')
      DROP PROCEDURE udpGetEvents

-- create the store procedure
SET @procCursor = CURSOR FOR
      select * from events
OPEN @procCursor

-- =============================================
-- example to execute the store procedure
-- =============================================

EXEC udpGetEvents @procCursor = @testCursor OUTPUT

    FETCH NEXT FROM @testCursor
    PRINT 'put user defined code here'

CLOSE @testCursor

DEALLOCATE @testCursor


This is more specific. You can run it in the sql query analyzer to see the results, I had to use an extra column. EventID to distinguish the events, however you can use a key of the event name and the start and end times combined to id an event:

Declare @id char(10), @id2 int, @EventName char(10), @EventName2 char(10), @Start datetime, @End datetime

PRINT 'Events Report'

Declare events_cursor CURSOR FOR
      SELECT [id], EventName
      FROM Events
      ORDER By StartTIme

OPEN events_cursor

FETCH NEXT FROM events_cursor
into @id , @eventname

while @@fetch_status = 0
      WHILE @eventname = @eventname2
            FETCH NEXT FROM events_cursor
            into @id, @eventname

      --The ID now contains a valid record to show
      --you can manipulate this however you want
      SELECT * FROM events where [id]=@id

      SET @eventname2 = @eventname
      SET @id2 = @id

      FETCH NEXT FROM events_cursor
            into @id, @eventname


CLOSE events_cursor
DEALLOCATE events_cursor


BSDTAuthor Commented:
I currently don't have a compiler loaded on our server (we are actively trying to get one loaded) so that we can begin using stored procedures.  Is there any way to do this through an ASP page by looping through a recordset.  I realize this isn't as efficient as a stored procedure but could be a temporary fix until we are able to get the stored procedure to work.

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Yes, that's basically what I am doing in the Stored Procedure (Sql's Cursor = ADO Recordset). This is the Pseudo code, for I am not on my development machine right now (IF this is not enough, please let me know, and I will code something as soon as I get to my dev machine:

'Declare a tempEvent variable and initialize it to ""
'Declare a recordset will all the fields from the events table ordered by time
'Open the recordset
'Start looping through the recordset until EOF
     'Inner loop
     Do while RS.Fields("EventName") = tempEvent
           'If you get to this part is because the
           'events are equal. You can keep moving through the recordset

     'When you come out of the inner loop you have the record you want to show
     'Put the code here to display the record

      'Then keep moving by resetting the variables
      tempEvent = rs.Fields("EventName")
'End Main Loop

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BSDTAuthor Commented:
That worked perfectly!  I was thinking about it in the wrong way.  Your help cleared that up.

Thanks for the points, very glad to be of help!

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