I am trying to order the results of a sql query of one table using the column of another table. Is it possible to include this column from a different table in my results?
For example, this query uses an inner join to order items in the Children table based on the Parent table’s column “dateReceived”:
SELECT c.* FROM children c INNER JOIN parent p ON c.parent_id = p.parent_id ORDER BY dateReceived ASC;
The view would be more helpful if it could somehow include the “dateReceived” column from the Parent table in the results. I am new to SQL, is this possible?
Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.
Yes all you need to do is add that column to your
SELECT list via the correct alias like so:
SELECT p.dateReceived, c.* FROM children c INNER JOIN parent p ON c.parent_id = p.parent_id ORDER BY p.dateReceived ASC;
Notice that the alias
p represents your
parent table and
c represents your
children table in the context of this query.
Also you shouldn’t use
* in your
SELECT list (most times) because it is bad practice for readability, maintainability, performance reasons, and is error prone. Instead you should explicitly list out each column that you want returned. For example:
SELECT p.dateReceived, c.child_id, c.parent_id, c.firstName, c.gender, c.age, c.shoe, c.notes FROM children c INNER JOIN parent p ON c.parent_id = p.parent_id ORDER BY p.dateReceived ASC;
* would return the results from both tables. As you currently have it written,
c is the alias for
children table. So, you’re only getting the columns from that table.
SELECT c.*, p.dateReceived FROM children c INNER JOIN parent p ON c.parent_id = p.parent_id ORDER BY dateReceived ASC;
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