Selecting from one table, ordering according to other one

Posted on 2008-06-17
Last Modified: 2010-04-21
tbl_rides: ID | more_fields
tbl_results: rideID | rank | more_fields

SELECT * FROM tbl_rides WHERE ID IN (SELECT rideID FROM tbl_results)

I need to order the above statement according to tbl_results.rank field desc. (Higher rank appears top). How is it done?

Question by:shmulik15
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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1) earned 500 total points
ID: 21804626
try this

SELECT tbl_rides.* , tbl_results.rank
FROM tbl_rides
inner join tbl_results on
order by tbl_results.rank desc
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by:Bill Bach
ID: 21804672
With SQL, you are dealing with "unordered sets" of data.  Therefore, when you build the set of data for the inner SELECT statement, order is meaningless.

To get the data exactly in the order you need, you must join the two sets first, then apply the order by, and then select out your fields.  It would look like this:

SELECT tbl_rides.*
FROM tbl_rides
INNER JOIN tbl_results ON tbl_rides.ID = tbl_results.rideID
ORDER BY tbl_results.rank

Please note that this may NOT give you back the exact same data set, as it may duplicate some data, you you may need to add a DISTINCT clause to it, but this will get you close.
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Expert Comment

by:Mark Wills
ID: 21810090
If you want only those rows in tbl_rides where an ID exists in tbl_results, then an inner join is the way to go. Otherwise you may want to consider a left outer join...

and just realised I type the same code as capricorn1 for the inner join...

SELECT tbl_rides.* , tbl_results.rank
FROM tbl_rides
inner join tbl_results on tbl_rides.ID=tbl_results.rideID
order by rank desc

so, the outer join, putting unranked rides at the bottom...

SELECT tbl_rides.* , iif( isnull(tbl_results.rank),0,tbl_results.rank) as RANK
FROM tbl_rides
left outer join tbl_results on tbl_rides.ID=tbl_results.rideID
order by rank desc
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 21810302
just for the "fun", you CAN of course do it without a "join" :)
FROM tbl_rides r
WHERE r.ID IN (SELECT rideID FROM tbl_results)
ORDER BY (SELECT TOP 1 rank FROM tbl_results re WHERE re.rideID = r.ID )
resp with a exists:
FROM tbl_rides r
WHERE EXISTS( SELECT null FROM tbl_results re WHERE re.rideID = r.ID )
ORDER BY (SELECT TOP 1 rank FROM tbl_results re WHERE re.rideID = r.ID )

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Thanks a lot, your help is appreciated.

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