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My base tables are set up by department, columns are tasks for that department and the data rows contain employee name, training hours and training date for each task.

I need a view that combines these department tables (that contain different number of tasks per dept) grouped by task and/or employee.  Resulting DataSet needed is shown at the below these 2 base table examples:

BASE TABLE 1 - Engineering (3 tasks are DoorOrders, JobPrep & JobEng)
ID     DoorOrders     JobPrep     JobEng    Employee      Date  
01           5                  null           3              Bill          1/1/13    
02          null               8              null           Bob         1/1/13  
03          8                   null          null           Bill          1/2/13  

BASE TABLE 2 - Milling (2 tasks are SheetGoods & Nailers)
ID     SheetGoods     Nailers    Employee      Date  
01           3                  5                 Jen             1/1/13    
02          null               8              Mary           1/1/13  
03          8                   null               Jill               1/2/13  

RESULTING VIEW - (Combining these 2 departments)
TaskName    Employee    Hours      Date
DoorOrders       Bill             5         1/1/13
JobEng               Bill             3         1/1/13
JobPrep             Bob            8          1/1/13
DoorOrders      Bill             8          1/2/13
SheetGoods      Jen             3           1/1/13
Nailers             Jen              5           1/1/13
Nailers             Mary           8            1/1/13
SheetGoods     Jill               8            1/2/13

As you can see, I need to take each 'cell value' per employee per date per task and split it out in a vertical table setup.

I need a view, nothing editable, but something that I can expand as we add more departments and/or tasks per department.

Thanks!
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SELECT TaskName, Employee, [Hours], [Date]
FROM (
      SELECT ID, DoorOrders, JobPrep, JobEng, Employee, [Date]
      FROM Engineering
      ) AS E
      UNPIVOT
      (
            [Hours] FOR TaskName IN (DoorOrders, JobPrep, JobEng)
      ) AS U

UNION ALL

SELECT TaskName, Employee, [Hours], [Date]
FROM (
      SELECT ID, SheetGoods, Nailers, Employee, [Date]
      FROM Milling
      ) AS M
      UNPIVOT
      (
            [Hours] FOR TaskName IN (SheetGoods, Nailers)
      ) AS U
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by:Bianca
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So I would need this per task correct?
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by:Brian Crowe
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You would need to add any new tasks to the select list and the IN portion of the UNPIVOT.
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by:Bianca
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I just attempted this and it said UNPIVOT task is unsupported.
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by:Brian Crowe
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What version of SQL Server are you running?
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by:Bianca
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2005.
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by:Brian Crowe
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What is your compatibility level?

SELECT name, compatibility_level FROM sys.databases
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by:Bianca
ID: 39722176
90 on all databases
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by:Bianca
ID: 39722180
I ran the query directly from SQL Server Studio (was previously on Express which was giving me that error) and it doesn't say it cannot run it but it just shuts down the whole SQL Studio window.
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by:Bianca
ID: 39722185
I apologize, I had been using the wrong field names. This one ran fine:
SELECT TaskName, Trainee, [Hours], TrainingDate
FROM (
      SELECT ID, DoorOrders, JobPrep, JobEng, Trainee, TrainingDate
      FROM Training_Eng
      ) AS E
      UNPIVOT
      (
            [Hours] FOR TaskName IN (DoorOrders, JobPrep, JobEng)
      ) AS U

Now to do the union for each task correct?
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by:Bianca
ID: 39722193
I was creating it under 'View' my mistake, I have never run this type before. So I run it as a new query and how does the result set get saved into a table I can access by my client application?
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by:Bianca
ID: 39722662
Great feedback, helped big time. Thanks!!!
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by:Brian Crowe
ID: 39722665
If it's something you're going to use regularly...

CREATE VIEW <View Name>
AS

SELECT TaskName, Employee, [Hours], [Date]
FROM (
      SELECT ID, DoorOrders, JobPrep, JobEng, Employee, [Date]
      FROM Engineering
      ) AS E
      UNPIVOT
      (
            [Hours] FOR TaskName IN (DoorOrders, JobPrep, JobEng)
      ) AS U

UNION ALL

SELECT TaskName, Employee, [Hours], [Date]
FROM (
      SELECT ID, SheetGoods, Nailers, Employee, [Date]
      FROM Milling
      ) AS M
      UNPIVOT
      (
            [Hours] FOR TaskName IN (SheetGoods, Nailers)
      ) AS U
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