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Using a query with IN in T-SQL

Can I use this in T-SQL:
where c.asset_id = v.parent_asset_id and
(c.asset_type,d.asset_type,v.assoc_type) in (select
m.asset_key,n.asset_key,o.association_key from dbo.t_association_rule o,
dbo.t_asset_master m, dbo.t_asset_master n) 

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SQL Server does not support using the IN operator in that way, that is, evaluating whether a set of two or more columns are "in" a sub-query. I have a couple of solutions which I believe accomplish the same thing. One uses an inner join, while the other involves using the EXISTS operator and a correlated sub-query. Using an employee table as an example, here's the first:

select e.FirstName, e.LastName
  from Emp e inner join OtherEmp oe 
    on ( oe.FirstName = e.FirstName and 
         oe.LastName = e.LastName );
Here's the second solution:
select e.FirstName, e.LastName
  from Emp e
  where exists ( select * from OtherEmp oe
                   where oe.FirstName = e.FirstName 
                     and oe.LastName = e.LastName );
That fact that in your particular situation, you use columns from different tables should not affect the effectiveness of these two approaches.

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This was first published in May 2002

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