Use a left outer join in QueryExpression to query for records "not in"

 

Updated: November 29, 2016

Applies To: Dynamics 365 (online), Dynamics 365 (on-premises), Dynamics CRM 2016, Dynamics CRM Online

You can use a left outer join by using the QueryExpression class to perform a query that filters on the join table, such as to find all contacts who did not have any campaign activities in the past two months. Another common use for this type of a query is to find records “not in” a set, such as in these cases:

  • Find all leads that have no tasks

  • Find all accounts that have no contacts

  • Find all leads that have one or more tasks

A left outer join returns each row that satisfies the join of the first input with the second input. It also returns any rows from the first input that had no matching rows in the second input. The nonmatching rows in the second input are returned as null values.

You can perform a left outer join in QueryExpression by using the entityname attribute as a condition operator. The entityname attribute is valid in conditions, filters, and nested filters.

The following example shows how to construct this query:


QueryExpression qx = new QueryExpression("lead");
qx.ColumnSet.AddColumn("subject");

LinkEntity link = qx.AddLink("task", "leadid", "regardingobjectid", JoinOperator.LeftOuter);
link.Columns.AddColumn("subject");
link.EntityAlias = "tsk";

qx.Criteria = new FilterExpression();
qx.Criteria.AddCondition("tsk", "activityid", ConditionOperator.Null);

This is equivalent to the following SQL:

SELECT lead.FullName
FROM Leads as lead
LEFT OUTER JOIN Tasks as ab
ON (lead.leadId  =  ab.RegardingObjectId)
WHERE ab.RegardingObjectId is null

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