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Create a Sortable Column Dynamically

Create a Sortable Column Dynamically

There are times when sorting your resultset by 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 executiveORDER BY priority

This example gives each title a priority and sorts 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?

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