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GUI Query Builder - Table / Joins Tab

Access this window from the Table/Joins tab of the Query Builder.

The information displayed in this window is very similar to the information displayed in the GUI window. However this window allows you to specify these options in a tabular interface, if you prefer this to the GUI interface. It is more useful for queries with large numbers of tables.

One option which can be specified here, and nowhere else, is the Table-Id, described below:

This window shows:

New table

This operates slightly differently in this window than it does in the GUI window. After adding a new table to the query, you will automatically be asked to specify a join for this table.


Tables can have a Table-Id, which is an abbreviation for the table name. The correct name for Table-Id is the “correlation name”. You can use a short Table-Id to make the SQL less voluminous and easier to read.

If a table appears twice in the query, it is essential to have a Table-Id to distinguish which of the two instances of the table you are referring to.

AQT will by default generate a Table-Id for the tables. To change this, click in the Table-Id column and enter/amend the value. Then hit Enter or click elsewhere to effect the change.

The Options Tab allows you to set a number of options about how this Table-Id is generated.

Table Expression/Inline View

You can specify a Table Expression to be used in a query. You will use a Table Expression when your data is to come from an SQL statement, rather than a table. Table Expressions are also known as Inline Views or sub-queries.

An example of a query which uses a Table Expression is


Customers a,

(SELECT CustomerID, count(*) as num FROM Orders GROUP BY CustomerID) b

WHERE a.CustomerID=b.CustomerID

There are two “tables” in this query:

This second of these is a Table Expression. Most databases support the use of Table Expressions, which provide a mechanism for developing powerful queries.

To specify a Table Expression, click on New Expression. Enter the SQL text for the table expression.

The table will now appear in the query with the name (expression). If you create more than one Table Expression, the Table-Ids will differentiate them.

You can amend a table expression by clicking on the Edit Expression button.

Editing Table Expressions in another Query Builder window

You can edit a Table Expression in another Query Builder window. If you click on New Expression (in QB), AQT will open a new Query Builder window in which you can create a query to be used as a Table Expression.

Clicking on Edit Expression in QB will allow you to edit a Table Expression in a Query Builder window

Identifying Table Expressions

A Table Expression must generally have a Table-Id. AQT will normally generate one unless you have set the option not to use Table-Id (Options > Table ID > no table id), or if it is the only table in the query.

Any generated or summary columns in your Table Expression should be given names with the AS clause.


no proper name for second column, difficult to reference

SELECT CustomerID, count(*) FROM Orders GROUP BY CustomerID


AS clause gives name to column

SELECT CustomerID, count(*) AS CustCount FROM Orders GROUP BY CustomerID

In order to determine the columns in the Table Expression, AQT does a “prepare” on the SQL for the Table Expression. Some databases do not support a standalone prepare, and may run the SQL; this might cause a delay when you enter or change a Table Expression.