I have a database that I would like to navigate on the primary key in alphabetical order using SQL statements. I would like to find out if there is a way in SQL to select the record whose primary key is “next” or “previous” alphabetically relative to a given record.
The way that closest simulates these actions would be to use a cursor. Cursors can be expensive in resources, but they are useful.
For the sake of simplicity, I will assume that the primary key is name.
select min(name) from table where name > “value we were up to” is the equivalent of next.
select max(name) from table where name By the way, are you using version 7 of SQL Server or 6.5?