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I have two tables orders and items. Every Order has many Items.

- id
- created_at
- paid_at

- id
- title
- amount
- quantity
- order_id

Let say that there are 3 kinds of items. Chair, table and door.

I would like to create a query that will produce table with following columns:

- order_id
- created_at
- paid_at
- item_id # for chair
- item_title
- item_quantity
- item_amount
- item_id # for table
- item_title
- item_quantity
- item_amount
- item_id # for door
- item_title
- item_quantity
- item_amount

If order has chair item, data in columns for chair will be displayed otherwise it will be empty.

Why am I doing this?

I would like to export this data to excel sheet.

There is limited amount of different items so there is no problem with milions of columns.

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So, if an order has 20 items, you want 20x4+3 = 83 columns? – ypercubeᵀᴹ Oct 2 '13 at 18:00
How will you name the columns? – Colin 't Hart Oct 2 '13 at 19:01
@ypercube you are correct. However, there are only 8 distinct items. – tomazzlender Oct 3 '13 at 12:53
@Colin'tHart with arbitrary names: item1, item2... – tomazzlender Oct 3 '13 at 12:54
up vote 1 down vote accepted

You can join to a single table multiple times. Just use different aliases.

And use LEFT [OUTER] JOIN to accommodate for the possibility of missing rows.

Assuming there can only be a single instance of chair, table and door attached to each order. You did not specify that, but your question would hardly make sense otherwise.

I introduce item_type in the table items to make this work. Consider the schema in the fiddle.

SELECT AS order_id, o.created_at, o.paid_at
      ,       AS chair_id
      ,c.title    AS chair_title
      ,c.quantity AS chair_quantity
      ,c.amount   AS chair_amount

      ,       AS table_id
      ,t.title    AS itable_title
      ,t.quantity AS table_quantity
      ,t.amount   AS table_amount

      ,       AS door_id
      ,d.title    AS door_title
      ,d.quantity AS door_quantity
      ,d.amount   AS door_amount
FROM   orders o
LEFT   JOIN items AS c ON = AND c.item_type = 'chair'
LEFT   JOIN items AS t ON = AND t.item_type = 'table'
LEFT   JOIN items AS d ON = AND d.item_type = 'door';

Use distinct column aliases to make this work.

-> SQLfiddle demo

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Thank you @Erwin Brandstetter! Exactly what I was looking for. – tomazzlender Oct 3 '13 at 12:56
You can even generate queries of this form on the fly if the number of items should change regularly. – Colin 't Hart Oct 3 '13 at 12:57
@Colin'tHart this is a great idea. Thank you. – tomazzlender Oct 7 '13 at 11:03

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