I've been tasked with coming up with a means of translating the following data:
date category amount 1/1/2012 ABC 1000.00 2/1/2012 DEF 500.00 2/1/2012 GHI 800.00 2/10/2012 DEF 700.00 3/1/2012 ABC 1100.00
into the following:
date ABC DEF GHI 1/1/2012 1000.00 2/1/2012 500.00 2/1/2012 800.00 2/10/2012 700.00 3/1/2012 1100.00
The blank spots can be NULLs or blanks, either is fine, and the categories would need to be dynamic. Another possible caveat to this is that we'll be running the query in a limited capacity, which means temp tables are out. I've tried to research and have landed on
PIVOT but as I've never used that before I really don't understand it, despite my best efforts to figure it out. Can anyone point me in the right direction?