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SQL | Temporary tables and table variables exercise | Inserting 3 winner rows into table variable
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- Go into SQL Server Management Studio;
- Open the SQL file you've just unzipped (you can press CTRL + O to do this); then
- Execute this script.
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The aim of this exercise is to create a table variable, and populate it so that it holds the category, country and continent with the highest number of events for each:
Where we should end up - although there's a way to go yet to get there.
The easiest way to start is to first write three select statements:
Use apostrophes to create the first column value for each row (eg 'Category'); the other two columns come from combining SELECT TOP 1 with a GROUP BY clause.
Now declare a TABLE variable with three columns: Source, Winner and Number of events. Insert the results of your three SELECT statements into this table, either by using UNION or by using 3 separate INSERT statements.
You should now be able to display the results of this query:
Some would say that the combination of these three haven't produced winners!
Optionally save this as Declaring winner table.sql, then close it down.