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  1. #1
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    silly question

    hi

    I'm currently designing a searchable artist gallery and have a problem with my SQL querying.

    I have the artworks entered in the database as unique entries and have entered the artists forename and surname in separate columns so that they can be seached for by the first letter of their surname.

    The problem is that when a user searches for an artist the results return as many results as there are artworks, rather than artists, in other words if harry potter has 20 pots he appears 20 times.

    Please can anyone advise me how to ammend my query so that he appears only once!
    Last edited by babel; 01-28-2005 at 07:53 AM.

  2. #2
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    Try using the DISTINCT word in your SQL statement...

    SELECT DISTINCT fieldname FROM tablename

    and you'll only get ONE record per fieldname.

    Take care,
    John

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    Try using the DISTINCT word in your SQL statement...

    SELECT DISTINCT fieldname FROM tablename

    and you'll only get ONE record per fieldname.

    Take care,
    John

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    The artworks should be stored in a separate table from the paintings. How will you handle it if you have two distinct artists with the same first and last name?

    You should have an artists table with each artist having a unique integer ID. The artworks table should contain only the artist's unique integer ID.

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    simple but effective!

    thanks!!!

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