SQL query with secondary filter clause

Hi:

I want to join tableA with table B, like the following:

select a.*, b.col1
from tableA a
left join tableB b on a.col1=b.col1 and a.col2=b.col2    --col2 is a datetime column

If the above brings back a matched (non-null) b.col1, I am fine, otherwise, I need to try to get it by:

select a.*, b.col1
from tableA a
left join tableB b on a.col1=b.col1 and a.col2=dbo.fnPriorBusinessDate(b.col2)

Anyway to combine the above two into one queries and without join tableB twice? TableB is a huge table, anything I tried that involves joining it twice takes too long to run.

Thanks.
sdc248Asked:
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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
select a.*, b.col1

Should that be col2?  col1 is the same in both tables.

If you don't need to list a specific value, just need to check if a match exists, you can use an EXISTS() instead of a join.
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sdc248Author Commented:
Sorry, it should be b.col3.

I need a value from col3 of tableB.
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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
Hopefully SQL can figure out the best plan possible for the code below.  If not, if it's still too slow, post definitions for all indexes on tableB.


select a.*,
    (SELECT TOP (1) b.col3
     FROM tableB b
     WHERE a.col1=b.col1 and a.col2 in (b.col2, dbo.fnPriorBusinessDate(b.col2))
     ORDER BY CASE WHEN a.col2 = b.col2 THEN 1 ELSE 2 END
    ) AS col3    
from tableA a
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sdc248Author Commented:
Thanks. Didn't have chance to try your approach though. Used a workaround and got acceptable performance.
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