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Simple SQL Help Please.

What is the correct way to do the following query:

I have a table with the columns ID, User.  I have a table that has a many to one relationship that has date, balance, and userId.

I just want to join the two, getting the users and the most current balances.  Don't know how to do it aside from programmatically.  Which is bad. :-)  Any help is much appreciated.
Vince Send private email
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Maybe something like this:

SELECT a.user, max(, b.balance
from a Users left join b balances
on = b.userid
group by a.user,
Herbert Sitz Send private email
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
select u.user, b.balance
from usertbl u
inner join balancetbl b on b.ID = a.userID
where not exists
(select 1 from balancetbl b2 where = and >

That, with any errors fixed, should do it.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Sorry, there are those times when I scribble down something embarrassingly bad.  This is one of those times. 

clcr's answer looks good to me, probably the one you'd find in a textbook.
Herbert Sitz Send private email
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Are analytic (windowing) functions available on your platform?
David Aldridge Send private email
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Here's another possibility, depending on the query optimizer it might be slower or faster than other possibilities

SELECT, b.balance
  AND in
    (SELECT max( WHERE =

This is assuming I remember the MAX function correctly, as well.
dot for this one Send private email
Monday, March 06, 2006
Get The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL. I don't say it to be a smart ass, because I. like you, would trip on relatively simple SQL problems. After reading this book over a weekend, though, things got a lot clearer. (BTW, if you are not using SQL server, then there's probably a comporable book on your database).
Tuesday, March 07, 2006

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