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Convert multiple Rows into a single column

August 17, 2010 2 comments

Just replied an answer on a SQL forum (http://www.sqlteam.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=148860), so thought to post this as well for future reference.

How will you output the following record set:
123456788  City     399.99
123456788  County   499.99
123456788  Flood    299.99
123456788  Hazzard  199.99
123456789  City     333.99
123456789  County   444.99
123456789  Flood    222.99
123456789  Hazzard  111.99

... into following pattern:

id            Hazzard     Flood      City       County
123456788     199.99      299.99     399.99     499.99
123456789     111.99      222.99     333.99     444.99

The following query will do it and convert the rows into columns:

select 123456788 as id,  'Hazzard' as des, 199.99 as val
into #tempTable
union
select 123456788, 'Flood', 299.99 union
select 123456788, 'City', 399.99 union
select 123456788, 'County', 499.99 union
select 123456789, 'Hazzard', 111.99 union
select 123456789, 'Flood', 222.99 union
select 123456789, 'City', 333.99 union
select 123456789, 'County', 444.99
select * from #tempTable

select a.id as id, a.val as Hazzard, b.val as Flood, c.val as City, d.val as County
from #tempTable a,#tempTable b,#tempTable c, #tempTable d
where a.id=b.id and b.id=c.id and c.id=d.id
and a.des='Hazzard' and b.des='Flood' and c.des='City' and d.des='County'

drop table #tempTable

The above select code is with a simple old style where clause with multiple tables joining. The code could be also converted to self-joins.

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