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SQL Shaped Recordset: Select two fields but resulting recordset shows them in one field

Is it possible to use SQL to put two fields into one in the resulting recordset?


but somehow Book1 and Book2 end up in another field (myBooks)?

I once read something about shaped recordsets - is this the sort of thing they can do?
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8/22/2022 - Mon

hi TimHudspith,

How do you want to combine the two fields? This query will concatenate the 2 fields separated by a comma.

SELECT Book1 & ", " & Book2 As myBooks FROM myTABLE

That syntax is for MS Access. If you are using SQL Server, use +

SELECT Book1 + ', ' + Book2 As myBooks FROM myTABLE

Sorry, I should have been clearer: effectively append Book2 underneath Book1 so I have a list of books in one field.
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James Murphy

SQL Server:
SELECT Book1 + char(13) + char(10) + Book2 As myBooks FROM myTABLE

MS Access:
SELECT Book1 & CHR(13) & CHR(10) & Book2 As myBooks FROM myTABLE

Do you mean that Book1 and Book2 are different fields in the same record (field names are Book1 and Book2)?
Or are you using 'Book1' and 'Book2' as if they are different records in the table('Book1' is the value in one record and 'Book2' is the value in the same field in another record)?

peter57r: - they are two separate fields. If one has 7 records, the other 3 records, is there a SQL statement that will produce a single field recordset with 10 records?
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You will need to create a function to do that. Are you using SQL Server or MS Access? And can you post some sample records and your desired result?
Éric Moreau

I think that the Shaped recordset you mention is specific to ADO: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/189657

Why do you want a single field as a result?
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peter57r: I'm populating a combobox on a form. I know I can create a table of these values, then a recordset thereof; I just thought there may be a nifty little SQL statement out there instead.

If you create a single field from all 10 values, you will not be able to select one value from the 10.
You would always be selecting 'the whole field' which is unusable if it contains 10 values.

You need a union statement as your rowsource

Select Book1 from table
Union all
Select Book2 from table

peter57r  - thanks. Out of interest, how do I give the unified field an alias, such as "All Books"?
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