SQL | Basic joins exercise | Use the query designer to join two tables, then tidy this up

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Software ==> SQL  (198 exercises)
Version ==> Any version of SQL Server
Topic ==> Basic joins  (8 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
Subject ==> SQL training
Before you can do this exercise, you'll need to download and unzip this file (if you have any problems doing this, click here for help). Once you've done this:
  1. Go into SQL Server Management Studio;
  2. Open the SQL file you've just unzipped (you can press CTRL + O to do this); then
  3. Execute this script.

This will generate the database that you'll need to use in order to do this exercise (note that the database and script are only to be used for exercises published on this website, and may not be reused or distributed in any form without the prior written permission of Wise Owl).

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Right-click on a new query and choose to design a query in the editor, then create this query:

Query designer

Choose to show the country name, event name and event date in ascending date order, giving aliases to each column.

When you choose OK and run this query back in Management Studio, you should see this:

Events in order

The first few events listed.

Now tidy up your query's SQL to look beautiful, complete with comments!  Here's a suggestion (and only a suggestion!):

-- list events, with countries


-- fields from the country table

cy.CountryName AS Country,


-- fields from the events table

ev.EventName AS [What happened],

ev.EventDate AS [When happened]


-- start with the country table ...

tblCountry AS cy

-- ... and join this to the events

INNER JOIN tblEvent AS ev

ON cy.CountryID = ev.CountryID


-- show in date order

[When happened]

Save this query as Superb Quality Layout, then close it down.

You can unzip this file to see the answers to this exercise, although please remember this is for your personal use only.
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