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Retrieve last two versions of same id in T-SQL

Am sure there's an easy way around this:

Important thing to note :-  Although I'm building the SQL in an dedicated analyzer the report itself is going to be run in EXCEL through Microsoft Query.  I only have READ-ONLY access to the database, thanks to my super helpful IT department,

I've got a table that contains ALL my controls including previous versions of that control.  The relevant columns are:

ControlNumber - unique identifier for that control in the system
ControlVersion
ControlState - Can be Retired, Edit or Released.  The controlversion increments itself when it's in Edit State.
ReleaseDate - The unique date & time it was released.

There can be many instances of the same ControlNumber in the system, each with it's own version number, State, and unique ReleaseDate.  !!However!! Version number is NOT Unique to the ControlNumber.

For example :
ControlNumber  Controlversion  ControlState  ReleaseDate
000012      Released      1      2006-12-22 11:22:02.387
000012      Retired      2      2007-01-03 09:28:48.257
000025      Released      2      2007-01-03 10:48:06.697
000025      Retired      3      2007-01-03 10:48:15.710
000027      Released      1      2006-12-06 13:27:35.117
000027      Released      2      2007-02-23 16:45:05.083
000027      Released      3      
000027      Retired      3      2007-09-27 10:02:33.513
000028      Released      1      2007-02-23 16:45:05.083
000028      Released      2      
000028      Retired      2      2007-09-27 10:02:33.513
000029      Released      1      2007-02-23 16:45:05.083
000029      Released      2      2007-09-27  09:12:43.513
000029      Edit      3      2007-09-27 10:02:33.513

Where the state is EDIT, I want to bring back a report that tells me the current version (in edit state) and the last version, so:

000029      Released      2      2007-09-27  09:12:43.513
000029      Edit      3      2007-09-27 10:02:33.513

Because controlversion is not unique when I run a report on the most current control I use the following:

Select  a.ControlNumber, a.ControlVersion, a.ReleaseDate, a.ControlState
from controls a,
 (select  max(releasedate) as release , ControlNumber   from controls  group by ControlNumber) b
where  a.releasedate = b.release and  a.ControlNumber = b.ControlNumber

However, I can't figure out how to modify it to give me the last two releasedates.  I've tried subqueries and nested queries.  'Having' doesn't seem to work and I can't use a max in the Where Clause.  

HEEEELP!!!!


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try this:

Select  a.ControlNumber, a.ControlVersion, a.ReleaseDate, a.ControlState
from controls a,
 (select  top 2 releasedate as release , ControlNumber   from controls  group by ControlNumber order by releasedate) b
where  a.releasedate = b.release and  a.ControlNumber = b.ControlNumber

hope it helps ...
actually, it should be

Select  a.ControlNumber, a.ControlVersion, a.ReleaseDate, a.ControlState
from controls a,
 (select  top 2 releasedate as release , ControlNumber   from controls  group by releasedate, ControlNumber order by releasedate) b
where  a.releasedate = b.release and  a.ControlNumber = b.ControlNumber

hope this helps ...
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Hi,
Sorry I worded that wrong, what I really want is a script that does the following :

While State = 'Edit'
For each Controlnumber
If count (controlnumber) => 2 Then
Select ControlNumber, max(ControlVersion), ReleaseDate, State
Select ControlNumber, max(ControlVersion)-1, ReleaseDate, State
Else
Select ControlNumber, ControlVersion, ReleaseDate, State

Thanks

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Bit of modification but it works well, thanks a lot!!
Glad I could be of any help and thanks for the grade !