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Dear experts -
I have a table of milestones for each milestone of a project. I want to determine the EARLIEST INCOMPLETE record in this table.
What I've done so far:
Create a Subquery, sorting the results by project + date + descriptor.
I created a master query that invokes the subquery and uses the FIRST keyword to find the first occurrence for this project_ID. (I assumed that it was using the sort order built into the subquery.)
It is simply pulling the wrong information.
Any ideas?
Thanks!
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Jim P. earned 2000 total points
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You'll need to add an autonumber column to the table like ID.

Then you query will  look something like this:

SELECT SubQ.project, SubQ.datefld, SubQ.descriptor
FROM (SELECT TableX.project, TableX.datefld, TableX.descriptor,  (select count(*) from tableX as x where x.project=tablex.project and x.datefld=tablex.datefld and x.ID<=tablex.ID) AS Seq
   FROM TableX
   WHERE descriptor = "Incomplete"
   ORDER BY TableX.project, TableX.datefld, TableX.descriptor, TableX.ID) SubQ
WHERE SubQ.Seq = 1

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by:terpsichore
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thanks - can you explain this a little more, and why this would work and why my version wouldn't, perhaps? THANK YOU
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by:Jim P.
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Basically I'm creating a sequence number. And it is a good idea to learn how to do it as the First and Last keywords are unique to Access/JET SQL and nothing else.

I presume that the data is added to you table at random times. This puts them in order and only select the sequence number 1.

That is based on the idea you have an index on the project and datefld when you add the autonumber.
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by:terpsichore
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great - sorry to trouble, but one last question before i award you the points - we are migrating to sql server (and also need a consultant for that!) - should we use a different query? THANK YOU
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by:Jim P.
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should we use a different query?

It is easier in MS SQL.

To get a sequence number you use the Row_Number or  Rank functions.
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by:terpsichore
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Very perceptive, very thorough.
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by:Jim P.
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Thanks.

Glad to be of assistance. May your days get brighter and brighter.
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