At 09:37 08/11/2005, you wrote:
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Date: Mon, 07 Nov 2005 11:47:32 +0000
From: Adrian Bruce <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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Subject: Specific order by MySQL statement
I am trying to get results from a MySQL query in a specific order,
just using ASC or DESC will not work.
For Example I have a field that can contain 4 possible values:
'Current', 'Completed','Withdrawn' or 'Transferred', I would like
to order the results specifically like:
Is there any way i can do this using MySQL? Any help will be much
Yes you can do this just fine. Make your transactiontype "field" an
ENUM data type (i.e. a "list" of defined values).
Add your ENUM elements in the order you want them to be retrieved
(they're actually stored internally as bitwise mask values, i.e. as a number).
Now, when you ORDER BY transactiontype, customerid , your results are
ordered in the way the field was specified.
So if you want this ordering, use
ALTER TABLE `bankdetails` ADD `transactiontype` ENUM ('Current',
'Completed', 'Withdrawn', 'Transferred')
Or to change the default ordering,
ALTER TABLE `bankdetails` ADD `transactiontype` ENUM
('Current','Transferred', 'Completed', 'Withdrawn')
If you do find there's a change needed to the ordering in future,
probably the best way is to create a new column with the chosen ENUM
ordering, then UPDATE bankdetails SET newfield=transactiontype ,
which makes sure MySQL re-maps the numeric representation correctly.
Cheers - Neil
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