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Language: SQL Server
Expertise: Beginner
Mar 25, 1997



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Solving Multiple Conditions Within a Group

[Joe Celko's Work Order Puzzle]

Cenk Ersoy asked this question on the Gupta Forum on CompuServe. He has a table that looks like this:

    CREATE TABLE Projects
        (workorder CHAR(5) NOT NULL, 
        leg INTEGER NOT NULL,
        status CHAR(1) NOT NULL CHECK (status IN ('C', 'R')
With some sample data like this:
    workorder     leg     status
    AA100           0       C
    AA100           1       R
    AA100           2       R
    AA200           0       R
    AA200           1       R
    AA300           0       C
    AA300           1       C
He would like to get the work orders where the leg is zero and the status is 'C', but all other legs for that work order have a status of 'R'. For example, the query should return only 'AA100' in the sample data.

This is really fairly staightforward, but you have to re-word the query specification into the passive voice to see the answer. Instead of saying, "all other legs for that work order have status of R," instead say "R is the status of all the non-zero legs" and the answer falls out immediately, thus:

    SELECT workorder
        FROM Projects AS P1
        WHERE (leg = 0)
            AND (status = 'C')
            AND 'R' = ALL (SELECT status
                FROM Projects AS P2
                WHERE leg <> 0
                    AND P1.workorder = P2.workorder);

Puzzle provided courtesy of:
Joe Celko

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