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Hi:
I may be missing something here but....
I have 2 vfp tables; orders.dbf and leads.dbf
orders is a table with all sales orders  for glass windows in it, including fields 'order_ no' and 'line'
leads is a table with all orders with lead designs, including fields 'order_ no'  and 'line'
Most orders have more than one line
Not all orders have lead designs.
So I want to run a query that lists ALL orders, and the lead designs for those orders that have them.
This will require an OUTER JOIN on 'order_no' AND line.
But vfp returns an error; it cannot seem to define the second join.
Am I breaching SQL rules or am I missing something?
Neither table has a key field - they are free tables.
Thanks!
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Question by:ClaytonGlass
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by:z_alex
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Please give sample data
try to use left join also.
SELECT Persons.LastName, Persons.FirstName, Orders.OrderNo
FROM Persons
LEFT JOIN Orders
ON Persons.P_Id=Orders.P_Id
ORDER BY Persons.LastName

try this link http://www.myupshare.com/?p=52
or
http://www.w3schools.com/sql/sql_join_left.asp
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by:ClaytonGlass
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Ok: here are the 2 tables in excel format.
 qpos is the table of all sales
leadwork is the table of orders with leadwork.
I need a result table that comprises all of qpos, and bea_nr from leadwork. Joined on auf_nr and auf_pos
Thanks!
qpos.xls
leadwork.xls
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pcelba earned 125 total points
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Next time please don't write "But vfp returns an error; it cannot seem to define the second join."

To post the query and the error message text is more readable (at least for me)

If the combination of order_no and line is unique in your tables then you may use following query:


SELECT o.*, l.* ;
  FROM orders o ;
  LEFT OUTER JOIN leads l ON o.order_no = l.order_no AND o.line = l.line

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by:pcelba
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Looking at your excel sheets if you update the query by actual table and column names then it should work.
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by:ClaytonGlass
ID: 33627141
Thanks, pcelba.
Apologies for the confused message - using the visual designer the message was ".dbf does not exist.". Keying in the SQL as suggested didthe trick!
and thanks to z_alex, too.
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