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query for one or the other, but, not both.

avoorheis asked
Last Modified: 2012-02-09
I have a query that returns records like
name    phone type     number
Jon       home              123-4534
Jon       cell                  321-3923
Steve    home              234-0987
I want the query to only return one record for each name and if the person has a cell number, only list the cell number.
Do I have to use an aggregate?
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Most Valuable Expert 2012
Top Expert 2013

Give this a try:

SELECT [Name], Min([Phone Type]),[Number]
FROM [YourTable]
GROUP BY [Name], [Number]

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yea, that was all I could think of too.
maybe that's the only way; anyone else?


oh, wait a minute, the phone numbers are different, so, that won't work.
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