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Posted on 2008-10-27
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I'm trying to connect 3 tables in my database: organizations, category_values and users_categories. If I change this:
where (uc.uid = '3' AND cv.catId='163')
to this:
where (uc.uid = '3')
I get all of the results I would expect. But adding the cv.catId I get 0 results (query runs with no errors). Is there something structurally wrong with my query?
$query = "select distinct o.orgId, o.name, cv.catId

	from (organizations o join category_values cv

	on cv.orgId = o.orgId) join users_categories uc

	on uc.catId = cv.catId

	where (uc.uid = '3' AND cv.catId='163')

	order by o.name ASC";

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by:level9wizard
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As some more info, when I print row data the catId is the same for every row result. As if it's taking it from uc.catId and not cv.catId
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 500 total points
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what about this:
$query = "select distinct o.orgId, o.name, cv.catId

        from organizations o join category_values cv

        on cv.orgId = o.orgId 

        left join users_categories uc

        on uc.catId = cv.catId and uc.uid = '3' AND cv.catId='163'

        order by o.name ASC";

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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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otherwise, you might not have any rows matching both criteria?!
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by:level9wizard
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I got the answer I was looking for thru IRC, thought i'd share...

$query = "SELECT o.orgId, o.name, cv.catId FROM organizations o join (
SELECT DISTINCT cv2.orgId FROM users_categories uc JOIN category_values cv2 on uc.catId=cv2.catId WHERE uc.catId=200 and uc.uid=3 ) as d ON d.orgId=o.orgId
JOIN category_values cv ON d.orgId=cv.orgId
WHERE cv.catId='163'";
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by:level9wizard
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The real solution to my problem is below, but I want to award you points for trying. Thanks!
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