View Full Version : SQL help for a beginning

September 17th, 2007, 02:32 AM
Here's the English query:
"A customer wants to travel from Madison to New York with no more than two changes of flight. List the choice of departure times from Madison if the customer wants to arrive in New York by 6pm."

I'd post the whole table, but the window isn't large enough to pull from terminal and paste here.

Here's the schema (primary keys are always first):
FLIGHTS (flno, origin, destination, distance, departs, arrives, price)
AIRCRAFT (aid, aname, cruisingrange)
CERTIFIED (eid, aid)
EMPLOYEES (eid, ename, salary)

Please don't post the complete answer, since I'm working on this for class. I'm just stuck and need a new idea.

I'm thinking something similar to

SELECT departs
FROM flights
WHERE departs < arrives < ANY
(SELECT departs
FROM flights
WHERE arrives<'2005-04-12 18:00:00' AND destination="New York");

but that particular query doesn't work. Even if I did get this working, I feel like this would force the flight to have one stop. Does anyone agree with that? I feel like I need an if-then statement, but I'm not sure how to do that in SQL.


September 17th, 2007, 03:35 AM
I would try something like this for one-stop flight. You can join another flight table for 2-stop flight.

SELECT f1.flno, f2.flno
FROM flights f1, flights f2
WHERE f1.destination=f2.origin
and f1.origin="Madison"
and f2.destination="New York"
and f2.departs > f1.arrives
and f2.arrives<'2005-04-12 18:00:00'

For non-stop flight:

SELECT f1.flno
FROM flights f1
and f1.destination="New York"
and f1.arrives<'2005-04-12 18:00:00'

You can union those queries into one.

September 17th, 2007, 05:07 AM
very helpful! Thank you!

I'm going to be working a while longer on these two more and then I might post again.

rock freak
September 18th, 2007, 08:36 AM
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Know idea if it will be any use to you but thought I'd post it regardless :)

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