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Retrieve records that are not in specified timeframe

Posted on 2012-03-15
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Hello, Experts!

I am still a newbie in SQL Server and I need your help.  I have a table with the following structure:

Container_no, nvarchar(12)
Line, nchar(10)
Activity_Date, datetime
Activity, nvarchar(50)

Each container could have 50 or more activity records with different dates.  I need to be able to retrieve the container numbers that do not have activity between the dates 01/01/2011 and 12/31/2011.  I tried the following script but doesn't work:

SELECT DISTINCT Container_no
  FROM Reefer_Movements
  WHERE NOT EXISTS (SELECT Container_no, Activity_Date
  FROM Reefer_Movements
  WHERE Activity_Date BETWEEN '01/01/2011' AND '12/31/2011')
  ORDER BY Container_no

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Thanks!
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Question by:Rick0124
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by:armchair_scouse
ID: 37726083
How about

SELECT DISTINCT Container_no
FROM Reefer_Movements
WHERE Activity Date <  '01/01/2011' AND Activity Date > '12/31/2011'
ORDER BY Container_no
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by:HainKurt
ID: 37726089
try

SELECT DISTINCT container_no
FROM   reefer_movements
WHERE  activity_date NOT BETWEEN '01/01/2011' AND '12/31/2011'
ORDER  BY container_no
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by:Rick0124
ID: 37726754
Thanks, Experts!
I tried both scripts but the first one still gets records that have activity for the given dates, while the second one doesn't return any records.
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Rick0124 earned 0 total points
ID: 37727080
I'm still checking the results but I think I got the script right.

SELECT DISTINCT Container_no
FROM Reefer_Movements
WHERE Container_no NOT IN (SELECT Container_no
FROM Reefer_Movements
WHERE Activity_Date BETWEEN '01/01/2011' AND '12/01/2011')
ORDER BY Container_no
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by:deighton
ID: 37729136
SELECT DISTINCT Container_no
  FROM Reefer_Movements
  WHERE NOT EXISTS (SELECT 0
  FROM Reefer_Movements RM
  WHERE RM.Activity_Date BETWEEN '01/01/2011' AND '12/31/2011' AND RM.Container_no = Reefer_Movements.Container_no)
  ORDER BY Container_no
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by:Rick0124
ID: 37741264
I checked random containers to see if their activity does not fall between the specified dates and so far, they don't.  Out of a total of more than 110k distinct containers, the query result gave me a little less than 6k distinct containers.
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