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  • robolance


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    Comments posted to this topic are about the item I have no id

  • Koen Verbeeck

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    Got this one right. It's an old trick question I've come across a few times 😀

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  • Heals


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    Good question - got it wrong, but learnt something so all to the good!

    Never come across it before as I always use aliases, but good to know when I have to work on code that isn't mine 🙂

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  • Carlo Romagnano


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    It might be better to use JOINS, but that is a different question.

    I disagree! JOINS are different than IN or EXISTS in the WHERE clause.

    JOINS multiply the number of rows of the joined tables.

    At last, if you write wrong the query also JOIN fails.







    ON id = id -- here is the same error + all columns of OuterVal are in the output list

  • tom.w.brannon

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    I got an error. My default schema is not dbo. The tables get created in the default schema and then the first select is explicitly from dbo. Sometimes tough to tell what is being tested.

  • akljfhnlaflkj

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    Tricky. Thank goodness I've seen it before.

  • domenico.delbrocco

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    Good question. Thanks

  • Hany Helmy


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    Nice tricky question, needs to be read slowly to get it right 🙂

  • Brian.Klinect

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    Didn't expect to see that at all! 😀

    So in this particular query, since we are checking if the id from Stocks is in the same set of id from Stocks, the WHERE clause can be left out?

  • Sean Lange

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  • Dana Medley


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    Tricky. Thank goodness I've seen it before.

    +1 Thanks for the question.

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  • robolance


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    Short answer, yes, the WHERE clause could be left out. Thanks for pointing that out.

    Long answer: It's usually a bug. The idea is that you are trying to link two tables together, where the 2nd table has a subset of and the where clause is attempting to return only the values that match. But, as written, the question never implied the 3 rows was an issue. Good point.

    I found this bug in a query we had been running for years. It is part of our master planning process and was throwing our production numbers off.

    The moral of the story is use aliases.

  • robolance


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    Oops. Sorry about leaving the dbo in there. That could be the topic of a good QotD. That can be a nasty, hard to find issue.

  • david.gugg


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    So as it is currently written, is the query actually doing this?:

    SELECT s.*

    FROM dbo.Stocks s

    WHERE s.id IN ( SELECT s.id

    FROM OuterVal )

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