Copy all colums from table a to table b

I have two tables

Client and Application

Both tables have the same columns ClientID,  Employer and Income

I want to update all the info from Application to Client based on the ClientID
Charles BaldoSoftware DeveloperAsked:
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
Your script will look something like this:

update c
set clientfieldnametoupdate = a.applicationfieldnametoupdate
from client as C
inner join application as A
on A.ClientID = C.ClientID

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dbaSQLCommented:
something simple like this --

update client
set Employer = b.Employer,
Income = b.Income
from Application b inner join Client
on client.clientID = b.ClientID
Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Data DudeCommented:
Eric is correct as far as the literal interpretation of 'update', but just for kicks and giggles please provide more details on what you mean by this.

Do you wish to relate Client and Application, and for a given set of matches by primary key(s) change the values of Application to match those in Clients?  That would be an update.

Or ... do you wish to take all Client rows and move them into Application?  That would be an insert.   Or maybe delete all rows in Application, then move all rows from Client to Application.

Another consideration is do you wish to retain any history of old rows?
Charles BaldoSoftware DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Thank you all, I learned
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