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Posting Yak Master

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Posted - 10/03/2012 :  11:04:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have 3 fields in a table called Paid1, Paid2 and Paid3.

I have a single column in my report called Paid.

I want that when I run my report that the value contained in Paid1 or Paid2 or Paid3 will display under Paid on my report.
Unfortunately my records dont have the paid value in the same field in the DB.

Anyone know how to do this?


Mike Jackson
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Posted - 10/03/2012 :  11:18:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You don't mention which field the Paid is linked to.

If you want to display one of the Paid1 or Paid2 or Paid3. You could use

select COALESCE(Paid1, Paid2, Paid3) as paid
from yourfile

That will give you the first non-null value.

But is there is something in each field that needs to be added together?

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Posting Yak Master

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Posted - 10/03/2012 :  11:38:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What I mean is that in some records Paid1 contains data, in some Paid1 and Paid2 contains data and in others all three contain data.

What I want is to display a record for each instance of each record that contains a value in either of the three paid fields. And for each record the paid field value is displayed in the paid column of the record ...
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Constraint Violating Yak Guru

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Posted - 10/04/2012 :  16:42:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a little trouble understanding you. It would help if you had DDL, sample data and expected output. In the absence of that, see if this pattern works for you:

SELECT [other columns], Paid1 FROM dbo.MyTable WHERE Paid1 IS NOT NULL
SELECT  [other columns], Paid2 FROM dbo.MyTable WHERE Paid2 IS NOT NULL
SELECT  [other columns], Paid3 FROM dbo.MyTable WHERE Paid3 IS NOT NULL

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