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Compare Two Data-Sets

Hi Experts!

I am modifying an app that was handed on to me...

I need to compare insurance claims at two points in time.  I only need to report claims that have changed in value from Date 1 to Date 2 based on certain values; i.e. Total_Paid for example.  

I have two stored procedures that pull claim data as of 1/1/2010 and then another that pulls the claim data as of 1/1/2011.  I then want to compare Total_Paid_Amount_2010 to Total_Paid_Amount_2011. If its different, I write both records to a text file.

I'm  not familiar with datasets, datatables, etc.  Is this the best way to do  this?  Could anyone provide a generic example of obtaining the dataset, putting into data tables and then comparing the data.  I'm under a very tight time constraint....
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sshah254Commented:
I would do this in SQL if I were you.  It will be much faster there.

Essentially there will be a table, or bunch of tables that hold the data for the claim.

But if you are unfamiliar with SQL, or do not have the schema of your database, then you should stick to what is familiar to you.

Ss
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tobin46Author Commented:
I'm much better in SQL than VB.Net.  Can you provide an example as to how I could accomplish it there....

The stored procedure is rather long and complicated because of the database schema.  

Can you provide a generic example, logic, psuedocode...?
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tobin46Author Commented:
I'd prefer a Vb.Net solution.....I think.  Only because this has a few moving parts to it outside of the claim comparison.  
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Kalpesh ChhatralaSoftware ConsultantCommented:
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foobarrCommented:
if you have two datasets

dset1
dset2

for each dRow1 as datarow in dset1.tables(0).rows
     for each drow2 as datarow in dset2.tables(0).rows
            if drow1("column name") = drow2("column name")
                     'condition is true
                     exit for
           else
                     'condition is false
           end if
     next
next


basically you take the first dataset, for each row in that dataset you compare it against all of the rows in the second dataset.  For your condition statement, whatever you are checking, if you have found what you are looking for then you can exit the second for loop and then it will check the next row all over again.


but I would suggest doing this comparison in sql in your database.  
what does your stored procedure look like right now?




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