How do I SELECT a list of employees who have the same last and first name? The primary key of the EMP table is...
EmpID. The returned list must include the EmpID, Lastname, Firstname and DeptID sorted by EmpID, Lastname, Firstname and DeptID.
This looks suspiciously like a homework question, but perhaps it isn't.
Let's start with the ORDER BY clause. The first column, EmpID, is the primary key. Therefore all other ORDER BY columns are superfluous. If this is homework, the required sort order was a trick question. Besides, ORDER BY EmpID would scramble all the dupes.
Now, to tackle the SQL. Employees with the same first and last names will necessarily be found on separate rows, and whenever more than one row is required to satisfy a criterion, we should immediately think of grouping.
The following query identifies only those first and last name combinations belonging to more than one employee. Note the GROUP BY and HAVING clauses.
select Lastname , Firstname from Employees group by Lastname , Firstname having count(*) > 1
In order to show the details of these employees, we simply use this query as a derived table in the details query:
select EmpID , Lastname , Firstname , DeptID from Employees where ( Lastname , Firstname ) in ( select Lastname , Firstname from Employees group by Lastname , Firstname having count(*) > 1 ) order by Lastname , Firstname , DeptID
This ORDER BY is somewhat more useful, eh.
P.S. If this wasn't a homework assignment, the above syntax will probably not work in your particular database. Use the derived table in an INNER JOIN, joining on Lastname and Firstname columns.
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