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Posted - 12/05/2012 :  11:35:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm not really sure how to label the task before me so I'll just describe it. Hopefully it will be something people do every day (except for me).

I need to do a query that will return records where a column is actually a record in a single table holding multiple columns.


Table A
Column Name
Column Value
Record GUID

The "record" would be comprised of all the columns from Table A with matching GUIDs

So the result would be

Column A, Column B, Column C


Column A
Column B
Column C

It sounds like a Pivot, but since the number of columns could be variable, it doesn't seem to fit into the stringent Pivot setup.

This is pretty much what the requirements are and I can't change them to something else. So while thoughtful suggestions on alternative approaches are appreciated, it is not within my power to implement them.


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Posted - 12/05/2012 :  11:43:33  Show Profile  Visit nigelrivett's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It is a pivot just not using the pivot statement (which I agree isn't all that usefull).
Have a look at dynamic sql. I think Robvolk has an article on here about creatoing a pivot getting the column details from the system tables.

Cursors are useful if you don't know sql.
SSIS can be used in a similar way.
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Very Important crosS Applying yaK Herder

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Posted - 12/06/2012 :  01:33:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
see this

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Posted - 12/10/2012 :  15:32:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks guys. You were very helpful.
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