Bradley V. Stone wrote:
This isn't a join, it's two files with identical layouts, but different
field names and different category of data. Otherwise the files are

When a user does a search, they can search file A, file B, or both. So I'd
like to try to write this dynamic enough so all I do is check the search
flags they set and build my SQL appropriatly. Especially when they search
both so it will "mesh" the data from the two files in the result set.

I think that UNION will do the trick. Perhaps you could do something like:

selectA = 'SELECT <the fields> FROM fileA WHERE <criteria>'
selectB = 'SELECT <the fields> FROM fileB WHERE <criteria>'
order = ' ORDER BY <ordering fields>'

if (search = both A and B)
query = selectA + ' UNION ' + selectB + order

elseif (search = A only)
query = selectA + order

query = selectB + order

Would something like that do what you're after?

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