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Selecting Distinct values form a recordset?

Selecting Distinct values form a recordset?


I have a VB6 program that is using data from an MS SQL database.

Just wondered if there was an easy way to retrieve or filter DISTINCT values from a recordset, ie.without using a seperate Select statement

I am creating a chart and need  distinct values from the recordset to become the axis lables.

RE: Selecting Distinct values form a recordset?

Not that I'm aware of.  You could either make another recordset using distinct, and spend another round trip to the db, or you could iterate the recordset and pull distinct values.

RE: Selecting Distinct values form a recordset?

I totally agree with BobRodes suggestions.  Look into the dictionary object if you want to check for distinct values.


RE: Selecting Distinct values form a recordset?

Well, in effect, if you use the dictionary object, you're still iterating through all the items in the source recordset and using the exists method to check for duplicates.  My feeling is that this technique has less steps, though:

1.   Sort the recordset on the values you want to pull.
2.   On each iteration of the recordset, store the current value in a variable.
3.   On each iteration of the recorset but the first one, compare the current value to that in the variable.  If not the same, copy the value to the destination.

How does that look?


RE: Selecting Distinct values form a recordset?

I would be very interested to see which one is faster.  If I get some free time I will try it out.


RE: Selecting Distinct values form a recordset?

Thankyou both BobRodes and Swi for your replies.

I have to admit, I have never come across the Dictionary object, i will look into it.

Thanks again.


Alan Edwards

RE: Selecting Distinct values form a recordset?

The Dictionary object is certainly worth looking into.  It's kind of like a collection object, but lighter and in many ways with more functionality.

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