Thats close, but lets say there was a key in tableA "AKEY" and there are 8
records in tableB that reference that key.

I'd like to be able to return x rows from tableB that match "AKEY", so it
could be 2 it could be 4 or 6

-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Dennis Lovelady
Sent: 02 September 2009 23:44
To: 'Midrange Systems Technical Discussion'
Subject: RE: SQL Question

Now I think about it, you might have wanted:
SELECT B.*
FROM TABLEA A
JOIN TABLEB B ON B.OTHERCOLUMN = A.KEYCOLUMN


For all six record in file A return x number of rows from file B
where
the
key relationship matches (preferably random not an absolute
requirement).

I couldn't do this with one statement and ended up running several to
get
the result I wanted.

Do you mean something like:
SELECT KEYCOLUMN, COUNT(*)
FROM A
JOIN B ON OTHERCOLUMN = KEYCOLUMN
GROUP BY KEYCOLUMN

If you want a count from all records in A regardless whether B has a
match, change JOIN to LEFT OUTER JOIN.


Dennis Lovelady
--
"A lawyer is a learned gentleman who rescues your estate from your
enemies... and keeps it for himself."
-- Henry Broughman






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