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Set based solution instead of Cursor

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Can anyone provide a simple example of a set based solution to this? Not sure if there is one, but before I put this thing into production I thought I would ask.

Get all records matching condition in Table A
If record does not exist in Table B Insert it
Otherwise Update the existing record in Table B from Table A values

Thanks in advance.
May 21 '09 #1
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Two queries:

1. UPDATE for all existing records.

2. INSERT INTO for the new ones

--- CK
May 22 '09 #2

P: 77

I guess the problem I have is that I don't have a unique constraint to restrict the INSERT INTO from duplicating all records. I'd rather not modify that.

Thanks for the answer.
May 26 '09 #3

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Cant' you handle that in WHERE clause?

Something like...

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  2. INSERT INTO TargetTable 
  3. SELECT s.* from SourceTable s
  4. where not exists (selec 1 from TargetTable t where t.key = s.key)
May 26 '09 #4

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