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T-SQL Translate data

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Hi,  How can I translate data from a table to show up in a query in this manner:
Data  in table is like this:
Ed, 3
Ed, 2
Ed, 1
Ed, 4
Bob, 3
Bob, 2
Bob, 1
Bob, 4

output query to look like this:

Ed, 1, 2, 3, 5
Bob, 1, 2, 3, 4

Any help much appreciated.

Thanks.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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please see this article for the implementation of a function to do that (the 1,2,3,4 going into 1 column!)
http://anthony-yio.blogspot.com/2007/12/mssql-groupconcat.html

the alternative (for sql 2000, for example) would be a dedicated function:
http://www.sqlteam.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=33574
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by:sublimation
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Hi,

The 1,2,3,4 goes into 4 separate columns.  The example reference is not very clear.  was hoping for some sql code/pseudo code.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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you will have to specify more, especially as you want several columns output.
please clarify a bit more about the input/output.
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Hi, Angel.

I have found a solution now thanks.  The column names do not matter, you can see a clear example of translation.  We can call the columns col1, col2, col3, just as long as the data is translated in the manner shown.

The way to do it was to create a join on the same table numerous times (for each column required).

Thanks for your help
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