MS SQL - How do I fetch the same column twice from one table?

Posted on 2009-07-02
Last Modified: 2012-08-14

I have two tables. One has a full list of IDs with their descriptions, the other lists the relationship between the IDs. I realise this sounds a little cryptic so I'll try and illustrate it in the code section.

What I need to do is have a full list of IDs with their parent and child descriptions...see desired result table in the coding section.
Table 1:

ID     Descr

1      James

2      Philip

3      Peter

4      Allan

Table 2:

ID     ChildID

1      2

1      3

2      NULL

3      4

4      NULL

Desired Result:

ID    ParentDescr     ChildDescr

1     James               Philip

1     James               Peter

2     Philip                 NULL

3     Peter                 Allan

4     Allan                 NULL

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Question by:joshgeake
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Expert Comment

by:Kevin Cross
ID: 24765175
Something like this should work:
select p.ID, p.Descr AS ParentDescr, c.Descr AS ChildDescr

from Table1 p

inner join Table2 pc ON pc.ID = p.ID

left join Table1 c ON pc.ChildID = c.ID

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Author Comment

ID: 24765194
thanks, my issue was how to query the same table twice for the descriptions of the child and parent IDs but it looks like this sorts it - i'll comment tomorrow when i'm back in the office.

thanks again!
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Expert Comment

ID: 24765212
Select c.ID, C.Desc ParentDescr, m.ChildID, m.Descr as ChildDescr
From Table1 c INNER JOIN (
Select a.ID, a.ChildID, t.Descr
From  Table1 t INNER JOIN  Table2 d
           ON t.ID = ChildID
Where ChildID IS NOT NULL) as m
ON c.ID = m.Id
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Expert Comment

ID: 24765226
I am really slow today... :-)
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Expert Comment

ID: 24765481

Alternatively...Something like this should work...
select ALL.*
select, A.Descr as ParentDescr, C.Descr as ChildDescr from table1 A inner join table2 B on = inner join table1 C on B.ChildID = where B.ChildID is not null
union all
select, A.Descr, NULL from table1 A inner join table2 B on = where B.ChildID is null
order by

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Author Comment

ID: 24771302
Right i'm still a little stuck, see the code snippet...

It looks like its listing all part groups for every product when what I want it to do is only list its relevent group. Each part can be in a number of product groups but it's usually 1. Thus it will then list the child group.

Any ideas?
SELECT     epar.part AS PartCode, p.prod_group, c.prod_group AS child_group, p.descr AS ParentDescr, c.descr AS ChildDescr


                      wgrp_part ON epar.part = wgrp_part.part INNER JOIN

                      wgrp AS p ON wgrp_part.prod_group = p.prod_group INNER JOIN

                      wgrp_sgrp AS pc ON pc.Prod_group = p.prod_group LEFT OUTER JOIN

                      wgrp AS c ON pc.sub_group = c.prod_group

WHERE     (c.descr IS NOT NULL)

ORDER BY epar.part

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Author Comment

ID: 24771319
by the way...
epar - lists all parts.
wgrp_part - lists all parts and their prod_groups.
wgrp_sgrp - lists all sub_groups and their respective prod_group.
wgrp - lists all prod_groups and sub_groups descriptions.
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Expert Comment

ID: 24772162
Sorry, but I am a little confused. Can you please post some sample data from the tables we can work with?
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Accepted Solution

Kevin Cross earned 250 total points
ID: 24975302
The way (including table structure) the question was asked, it was answered here - http:#24765175.

However, the asker changed things up here - http:#24771302 for which additional information was requested here - http:#24772162 that was never responded to; therefore, would recommend "delete - no refund" unless my original answer will be honored.
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ID: 25013765
I would recommend accepting mvisa's answer since it was answered based on what was requested.

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