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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

How to post a question for a database

Since, I'm tired of retyping this...If you want to get an answer fast about a database question (doesn't matter the platform) and it's sql related....Do this

Please state your problem in the context of a business requirement. Please do not force a narrowly focused technical solution, which may or may not be of any value.  It may also be a distraction to what the actual solution would be. To aid in the solution please do the following if possible

1. State the question

"How do I find the earliest row entered"

2. Please post the DDL of your tables (Including Indexes, and constraints)


CREATE TABLE myTable99(Col1 int, Col2...

3. Post some sample data in the form of DML


INSERT INTO myTable99(Col1, Col2, ect)
SELECT 1, 'x', ect UNION ALL
SELECT 1, 'x', ect UNION ALL
SELECT 1, 'x', ect UNION ALL

4.  Post whatever DML that you have attempted already...

SELECT * FROM myTable99 CROSS JOIN myTable99 [:D]

5. Post the expected results

Thank you, and come again.

 EDIT:  Please post your question in the appropriate category here at SQLTeam

And don't forget to use [ code] [ /code] tags when posting code, just eliminate the spaces I have used here.

EDIT2: A FAQ Section

Q: How do I create DDL as requested in step 2?


1. Go to Enterprise Manager.

2. Open the database folder to display all of the tables.

3. Right Click on the table you want.

4. Choose Menu options All Tasks>Generate SQL Scripts

5. Look at the dialog, there are three tabs. Make sure you pick all the correct options (indexes, keys, ect)

6. Click Preview.

7. Copy and paste the code.

posted @ Wednesday, May 25, 2005 4:37 PM | Feedback (5) | Filed Under [ Disconnected Ramblings ]

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