first function for mssql

in access i could use the following

SELECT fi1_FinanceManagers.userid, First(fi1_FinanceManagers.LastName) AS FirstOfLastName, First(fi1_FinanceManagers.FirstName) AS FirstOfFirstName, First(fi1_FinanceManagers.Location) AS FirstOfLocation
FROM FinanceManagers
WHERE (((fi1_FinanceManagers.Active)=1))
GROUP BY fi1_FinanceManagers.userid
ORDER BY First(fi1_FinanceManagers.LastName), First(fi1_FinanceManagers.FirstName);

how do i return 1 name for each id without using first()
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jaanthCommented:
Have you tried changing your group by statement and using the min() function on the location, so your query would change to be something like:

SELECT fi1_FinanceManagers.userid, fi1_FinanceManagers.LastName AS FirstOfLastName, fi1_FinanceManagers.FirstName AS FirstOfFirstName, min( fi1_FinanceManagers.Location ) AS FirstOfLocation
FROM FinanceManagers
WHERE (((fi1_FinanceManagers.Active)=1))
GROUP BY fi1_FinanceManagers.userid, fi1_FinanceManagers.LastName, fi1_FinanceManagers.FirstName
ORDER BY fi1_FinanceManagers.LastName, fi1_FinanceManagers.FirstName

This would return you a row only once, for each userid with lastname, firstname and the lowest value location.

Hope this helps.

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