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Update table from another table  - including new records

Posted on 2009-05-11
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
update xfer
  set custid = c.custid
from xfer
join myDB2.dbo.customers c
  on xfer.email = c.emailaddress

-won't update xfer with new customers, will it?
How can you update xfer with new customers also?
Question by:fmsol
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Expert Comment

by:Aneesh Retnakaran
ID: 24357570
that will update

you can also do the same with

update x
  set custid = c.custid
from xfer x
join myDB2.dbo.customers c
  on x.email = c.emailaddress

Author Comment

ID: 24357704
Won't the join on x.email = c.emailaddress exclude new records from the source?
In xfer the records are updated, but no new records appear
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Accepted Solution

Aneesh Retnakaran earned 500 total points
ID: 24357747
the update operation is something you need to perform with existing records, in order to add newly created emails, put an insert statement too
insert into xRefer (CustID, Email )
SELECT CustID, Email
FROM myDB2.dbo.customers c
WHERE NOT EXISTS (SELECT 1 FROM xRefer  WHERE email = c.emailaddress )
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Expert Comment

ID: 24357801
In SQL Server 2008 use the MERGE statement to do both UPDATE and INSERT:

USING myDB2.dbo.customers c
ON xfer.email = c.emailaddress
SET custid = c.custid
(custid, email)
VALUES (c.custid, c.emailaddress);

In fact it's better to use MERGE in place of the UPDATE... FROM... JOIN method even if you don't want to do INSERTs as well (the INSERT part is optional). MERGE is much superior to Microsoft's proprietary UPDATE... FROM syntax because it is standard SQL, compatible with other DBMSs, more concise, generally more efficient and doesn't suffer from the nasty and unreliable "gotcha" that UPDATE does when the join criteria turns out to be non-unique. Avoid UPDATE... FROM and use MERGE instead.


Author Comment

ID: 24358701
Thank you aneeshattingal and dportas.
I see I still have a lot to learn...

Another thing: in the SET statement; do I have to list all fields that shall be updated, or is it an easier way to update all fields (like *)
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Expert Comment

ID: 24359013
You have to list all the columns by name.

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