Help with LEFT OUTER JOIN

Hi
I have a Customer tables and an Orders table.

How can I write a query that will return just 1 record from the Orders table

SELECT * FROM CUSTOMERS A
  LEFT OUTER JOIN ORDERS ON A.CUST_ID = ORDERS.CUST_ID
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chaauCommented:
Which order do you need? The latest order? This query will return you the latest order:
SELECT * FROM CUSTOMERS A
  LEFT OUTER JOIN 
  ORDERS O ON A.CUST_ID = O.CUST_ID 
    AND O.ORDER_ID = (SELECT MAX(ORDER_ID) FROM ORDERS WHERE CUST_ID = O.CUST_ID)

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JElsterAuthor Commented:
order by most current ORDER DATE.
So I need the customer and most current order
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chaauCommented:
This will retrieve the most current orders. However, please note that is it is possible that there are a few orders generated at the same time for the same customer, there could be duplications. Please check it against your database and advise if there are any duplications:
SELECT * FROM CUSTOMERS A
  LEFT OUTER JOIN 
  ORDERS O ON A.CUST_ID = O.CUST_ID 
    AND O.ORDER_DATE = (SELECT MAX(ORDER_DATE) FROM ORDERS WHERE CUST_ID = O.CUST_ID)

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