Getting the "latest" related record from a SQL DB

Rob Lucas Rob at
Thu Oct 9 17:57:06 BST 2014

Something like this? Doesn't use a join etc, but has the merit of simplicity.

SELECT * FROM Artist, Album WHERE Artist.Id = $artist_id AND Album.ArtistId = $artist_id ORDER BY DESC LIMIT 1?


-----Original Message-----
From: at [ at] On Behalf Of Andrew Beverley
Sent: 09 October 2014 13:29
Subject: Getting the "latest" related record from a SQL DB

Hi guys,

I'm after some best-practice advice regarding SQL database design.

I have a table (say "artist", couldn't resist...) that has a one-to-many relationship to another table (say "album"). The album table has a field which references the artist table's ID. So one artist can have many albums.

So, if I want to know all of an artist's albums, that's easy.

But what if I want to fetch an artist's details and his latest album? I can select the artist from the artists table and then join the albums table. But to get the latest album I'd have to use a max function (say on the album's date), with which it isn't possible to get the related fields in the same row.

I see 2 ways of solving this:

- Run multiple queries to get the relevant album's ID (if even possible) and then retrieve its row in entirety.

- Have a reference from the artist table back to the album table, specifying which is the latest album, which I update each time the albums table is updated.

Neither seem particularly tidy to me, so am I missing something completely obvious?



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