I am trying to write a query that 1) works and 2) shows meaningful information.
However, I can't seem to complete both scenarios. Both bits of code do work to a degree. My SQL query does work by showing all the useful information a user wants but when you click the edit button it doesn't link properly so it won't allow the user to update that row. The other shows only keys and rowid but when you click edit does show the information and allows it to be updated.
So as not to get another down-voted question, I have taken pictures of each scenario to show the problem, but, ultimately, I need to show meaningful information: an id or key isn't meaningful to the vast majority of users.
Here is my code
SELECT APPLICATIONS.APP_ID, APPLICATIONS.SRN, STUDENTS.SURNAME, STUDENTS.FORENAME, APP_STATUS.STATUS, METHODS.METHOD, JOBS.JOB_TITLE, APPLICATIONS.APP_DATE
ON APPLICATIONS.SRN = STUDENTS.SRN
ON APPLICATIONS.STATUS_ID = APP_STATUS.STATUS_ID
ON APPLICATIONS.METHOD_ID = METHODS.METHOD_ID
ON APPLICATIONS.JOB_ID = JOBS.JOB_ID;
In the second, simple query, apex can determine which table (and record) you are trying to edit.
In the first query, with the joins, it can't tell which of the five tables in query you want to edit. You probably want to have the edit link pass the primary key of the row from APPLICATIONS to the child page. You would need to build into that page any logic (lists of values etc) that map lookup tables (such as status) to the values needed in the APPLICATIONS table.