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Tip of the Day
Language: SQL
Expertise: Intermediate
Jan 26, 2004

Dynamically Create a Sortable Column

Sometimes you need your resultset sorted a particular way and using the primary key doesn't accomplish what you need. One way to get around this is to create a sortable column dynamically in your query using the CASE function.

SELECT name, title, priority =
(CASE title
when 'President' then 1 when 'Vice President' then 2 when
'Secretary' then 3
when 'Treasurer' then 4
end)
FROM executive
ORDER BY priority
In this example, I give each title a priority and sort by it. This could have been accomplished using a second table and joining to it but why do that if you don't need to?
Ian Lane
 
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