Dynamic Pivot Table woes

Please excuse this newbie's ignorance...
I've looked at several examples and still can't wrap my head around Pivot tables.

I created a view:
SELECT        dbo.tblPMIInspection.PMIInspID, dbo.tblElement.Element, dbo.tblPMIReadings.Reading
FROM            dbo.tblPMIInspection INNER JOIN
                         dbo.tblPMIReadings ON dbo.tblPMIInspection.PMIInspID = dbo.tblPMIReadings.PMIInspID INNER JOIN
                         dbo.tblElement ON dbo.tblPMIReadings.ElementID = dbo.tblElement.ElementID

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Element to be the column headings, Reading to be column result, PMIInspID is the Group By column

The column names NEED to be dynamic due to possible increase in number of elements being read etc.

How do I get from
SELECT        PMIInspID, Element, Reading
FROM            vwPMIReadings

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to...
Pivot Table Results
Kurt BergmanAsked:
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Phillip BurtonDirector, Practice Manager and Computing ConsultantCommented:
Dynamic PivotTables are hard, and if you are a newbie, it's possibly too hard.

Have a read of this article, and once your brain has exploded, if you have any questions, please post them (though I'm taking Christmas off): http://www.experts-exchange.com/Database/MS-SQL-Server/SQL-Server-2005/A_653-Dynamic-Pivot-Procedure-for-SQL-Server.html
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SimonCommented:
Philip's suggested link is a good one, or Google for "TSQL pivot dynamic column names" for other simple examples.
If you can post a sample dataset from your view (with no commercially sensitive data in it) we'll be able to provide a worked example for your data.
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ste5anSenior DeveloperCommented:
Well, the number of elements is not dynamic..

Please use table alias names, this increases readability:

SELECT	I.PMIInspID, 
		E.Element, 
		R.Reading
FROM	dbo.tblPMIInspection I
	INNER JOIN dbo.tblPMIReadings R ON I.PMIInspID = R.PMIInspID 
	INNER JOIN dbo.tblElement E ON R.ElementID = E.ElementID;

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This should work:

 
DECLARE @ColumList NVARCHAR(MAX) = N'';
DECLARE @SqlStatement NVARCHAR(MAX) = N'
	SELECT 	*
	FROM	vwPMIReadings
	PIVOT	( SUM(Reading) FOR Element IN ( @ColumnList ) ) P;
';

SELECT	@ColumnList = @ColumnList + ', ' + Element
FROM	vwPMIReadings
GROUP BY Element;

SET @SqlStatement = REPLACE(@SqlStatement, '@ColumnList', STUFF(@ColumnList, 1, 2, ''));

EXECUTE (@SqlStatement);

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SimonCommented:
@Ste5an:  Good thinking :)
one typo in line 1 of  your code:
DECLARE @ColumnList NVARCHAR(MAX) = N''; -- was missing 'n' in the variable name
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Kurt BergmanAuthor Commented:
I'm on vacation until Friday I'll get back to you as soon as possible
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Kurt BergmanAuthor Commented:
Simon,
Thank you very much!

The Elements are dynamic because number and names will change depending on the site where the software is deployed.

Also,
There is only one 'Reading' for each Element for a given Inspection (InspID). Thus the need to use MAX (or Min) instead of SUM

SELECT       *
      FROM      vwPMIReadings
      PIVOT      ( max(Reading) FOR Element IN ( @ColumnList ) ) P;
      ';
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SimonCommented:
Hi ConcordCA - It really should be Ste5an getting most or all of the points here. I only pointed out a minor typo.
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Kurt BergmanAuthor Commented:
Oops... I meant for it to be Ste5an
Is there a way to change it?
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ste5anSenior DeveloperCommented:
I don't care that much..

Just use alias names in your queries for better readable code and I'm happy :)
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Kurt BergmanAuthor Commented:
Epilogue:
This is being displayed in an Access datasheet subform.
I'm looping through the Field names in the view I created to set the Form.Control.ControlSource.  From there I can using the results from the SQL statement you provided to set the Form.Recordset.

It's working great. Thank you again!
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