As usual, my head is twisted around something that I think should be easy.
Suppose I have a table, `a`, that has three fields:
I have another table, `b`, with a list of products of interest:
What I need to do is match `b`.`prod_pub_prod_id` against table
`a`.`prod_pub_prod_id` such that:
1) If there is no match at all, return "".
2) If there is a match in `b` against a row in `b`, and `a`.`prod_discont` =
0, return `a`.`prod_num`. (There should never be two such rows.)
3) If there is a match in `b` against `a`, but the ONLY match is a row where
`a`.`prod_discont` = `, return "discontinued".
1) and 2) are very easily accomplished with a LEFT JOIN:
SELECT IF(prod.prod_num IS NOT NULL,prod.prod_num,"") as prod_num
FROM b LEFT JOIN a ON b.prod_pub_prod_id = a.prod_pub_prod_id
WHERE (a.prod_discont = 0 OR a.prod_discont IS NULL)
ORDER BY b.prod_pub_prod_id;
The problem is with 3). It seems like I should be able to do this with one
query, but I'm beginning to think that I need a separate query and a third
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