Concatenating value from couple of rows into one column (group by)

Here is the query I have for the tables I need.

--I would not use the where issue_ID in as I need it for all issues. Below is just a subset of the results.

SELECT [Name] as [Issue_Type]
  FROM [IMS].[dbo].[CategoryIssues] a
  left join [IMS].[dbo].[Categories] b
  on a.Category_Id = b.Id
where Issue_Id in (10004516,

Issue_Type      Issue_Id
Credit Bureau      10004516
Collections      10004516
Dealer      10004608
Collections      10004608
Credit Bureau      10005483
Collections      10005483

I need it to say

Issue ID            Issue Type
10004516         Credit Bureau; Collections
10004608         Dealer; Collections
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Mike EghtebasDatabase and Application DeveloperCommented:
Could you please post some dummy data for testing putpose (for both CategoryIssues and Categories)?
flagshipcreditAuthor Commented:
Categories Issues
Id      Name
1      SCRA
2      Credit Bureau
3      Fraud
4      Identity Theft
5      Attorney contact (including letter)
6      Payment/Billing

Category Issues
Category_Id      Issue_Id
2      10000394
2      10002451
2      10002453
2      10002454
3      10002871
3      10003080
3      10003176
3      10003311
6      10003052
6      10003055
6      10003117
Mike EghtebasDatabase and Application DeveloperCommented:
To test, I guess we need some repeat of say 10002451. Am I correct?

Insert #TableB(Category_Id,      Issue_Id) values
(2,     10000394)
,(2,     10002451)
,(3,     10002451)  --  I have added
,(4,     10002451)  --  I have added
,(2,      10002453)
,(2,      10002454)    
,(3,       10002871)
,(3,       10003080)
,(3,      10003176)    
,(3,       10003311)
,(6,       10003052)
,(6,      10003055)    
,(6,     10003117);

Here is temp tables:
create table #TableA(id int, Name varchar(100));
create table #TableB(Category_Id int, Issue_Id int);

Insert #TableA(Id,      Name) values
(1, 'SCRA')
, (2, 'Credit Bureau')
, (3, 'Fraud')                         
, (4, 'Identity Theft')
, (5, 'Attorney contact (including letter)')
, (6, 'Payment/Billing');

Insert #TableB(Category_Id,      Issue_Id) values
(2,     10000394)
,(2,     10002451)
,(3,     10002451)  --
,(4,     10002451)  --
,(2,      10002453)
,(2,      10002454)    
,(3,       10002871)
,(3,       10003080)
,(3,      10003176)    
,(3,       10003311)
,(6,       10003052)
,(6,      10003055)     
,(7,     10003117);
Select * from #TableA;
Select * from #TableB;

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BTW, I couldn't make it work. I have invited a very experienced expert to take a look at this question.

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flagshipcreditAuthor Commented:
Yes, that is correct... multiple Issue ID with different categories . I am trying to create one row for each unique issue ID and another column that combines the different categories it has .. so the final result set would look like the below

Issue ID            Issue Type
 10004516         Credit Bureau; Collections
 10004608         Dealer; Collections
Mike EghtebasDatabase and Application DeveloperCommented:
Finally, it seems I have figured this out:
Select Distinct Issue_Id , Issues
from (Select Issue_Id 
    ,Substring((Select ', ' + name
	  From #TableB inner join #TableA
	  On #TableB.Category_Id =
	  Where Issue_Id = t.Issue_Id
	  FOR XML PATH('')),2,99) As Issues
From #TableB t) dd (Issue_Id , Issues)
Where Issue_Id in (10002451,10002871,10003052)

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Based on the data in the above temp tables it is producing:

10002451       Credit Bureau, Fraud, Identity Theft
10002871       Fraud
10003052       Payment/Billing


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PortletPaulEE Topic AdvisorCommented:
no points please:

I would use STUFF() instead of SUBSTRING(). STUFF() can remove the unwanted leading comma without having to specify the total length of the concatenated string.

I would also encourage the use of the APPLY operator, while the following may not look much different it is a bit more efficient:
      Issue_Id, max(CA.IssueTypes) AS IssueTypes
from TableB AS B
cross apply (
                        ', ' +
                  FROM TableB
                  INNER JOIN TableA AS A ON TableB.Category_Id =
                  WHERE B.Issue_Id = TableB.Issue_Id
                  FOR xml PATH ('')
  ) as CA (IssueTypes)
group by 

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see:!6/f7978/1 (suggest you look at the explain plans)

If you haven't already seen these I do recommend them:
Itzik Ben-Gan - Creative Uses of the APPLY Operator, session 1
Itzik Ben-Gan's - Creative Uses of the APPLY Operator, session 2
Mike EghtebasDatabase and Application DeveloperCommented:
Hi Paul,

Thank you for the great solution. I tired hard to write cross apply solution. Now, I am learning it.


Please note WHERE Issue_Id in (10002451,10002871,10003052) I have added to Paul's solution in case you want to filter your output:
      Issue_Id, max(CA.IssueTypes) AS IssueTypes
from #TableB AS B
cross apply (
                        ', ' +
                  FROM #TableB
                  INNER JOIN #TableA AS A ON #TableB.Category_Id =
                  WHERE B.Issue_Id = #TableB.Issue_Id
                  FOR xml PATH ('')
  ) as CA (IssueTypes)
  WHERE Issue_Id in (10002451,10002871,10003052)
group by 

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