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SQL Anywhere 10.0.1 » SQL Anywhere Server - SQL Usage » Using Subqueries » Quantified comparison tests with ANY and ALL

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The ALL test

Like the ANY test, the ALL test is used in conjunction with one of the six SQL comparison operators (=, <>, <, <=, >, >=) to compare a single value to the data values produced by the subquery. To perform the test, SQL uses the specified comparison operator to compare the test value to each data value in the result set. If all of the comparisons yield TRUE results, the ALL test returns TRUE.


Here is a request naturally handled with the ALL test: "Find the order and customer IDs of those orders placed after all products of order #2001 were shipped."

FROM SalesOrders
WHERE OrderDate > ALL (
   SELECT ShipDate
   FROM SalesOrderItems
   WHERE ID=2001 );
ID CustomerID
2002 102
2003 103
2004 104
2005 101
... ...

In executing this query, the main query tests the order dates for each order against the shipping dates of every product of order #2001. If an order date is greater than the shipping date for every shipment of order #2001, then the ID and customer ID from the SalesOrders table are part of the result set. The ALL test is thus analogous to the AND operator: the above query can be read, "Was this sales order placed before the first product of order #2001 was shipped, and before the second product of order #2001 was shipped, and..."

Notes about the ALL operator

There are three additional important characteristics of the ALL test: