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HI all,

I have a query that I am struggling with at the moment and wondered if someone could help me?

I have two tables, one with a list of equipment and the other with alarms associated to each equipment.

For example, if I have:

tblEquipment
ID, SerialNo
0, "111"
1, "222"
2, "333"
3, "444"

tblAlarms
EquipmentID, AlarmID
1,66
1,67
2,66
3,33

What I need to do is get a list of all the Equipment that DOES NOT have alarm 66 associated with it.
This should give 0 and 3

Can someone help me please?

Many thanks,

James
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by:Jim Horn
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>list of all the Equipment that DOES NOT have alarm 66 associated with it.
This should give 0 and 3
SELECT DISTINCT ID, SerialNo
FROM tblEquipment e
   --- LEFT JOIN means return all rows from e...
   LEFT JOIN tblAlarms a ON e.EquipmentID = a.EquipmentID
-- ... and then filter out those rows without a matching 66
WHERE a.AlarmId <> 66

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by:James Atkin
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I had tried something similar to this, but if the ID does not appear in the tblAlarms table, the condition <> 66 does not seem to include 'null'
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>the ID does not appear in the tblAlarms table
Typo, changed e.EquipmentID to e.ID in the below code.

>the condition <> 66 does not seem to include 'null'
Ok.  NULLs can't be compared to anything, so in order for NULLs to appear change the WHERE clause to include ISNULL and a dummy number.
SELECT DISTINCT ID, SerialNo
FROM tblEquipment e
   --- LEFT JOIN means return all rows from e...
   LEFT JOIN tblAlarms a ON e.ID = a.EquipmentID
-- ... and then filter out those rows without a matching 66
WHERE ISNULL(a.AlarmId, 1) <> 66

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by:James Atkin
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Perfect!
Thanks so much for the quick help :-)
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by:Jim Horn
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No prob.  Thanks for the grade, good luck with your project.  -Jim
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