Get total number of records but not all records based on an SQL query

Hi,

How do I make an SQL statement retrieve JUST the first 50 rows out of a table but also return the total count of rows that may exist, maybe 400? Should they be two different SQL statments? If so, what would be both statements?

Thanks
DoughBoy
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sankarbhaCommented:
Option 1:
a) to retrieve the first 50 rows
select top 50 * from table

b) to retrieve the total count of rows
select count(*) from table

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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
I think 2 sql statement should be the best, but run using a stored procedure, where 1 output parameter would be used to return the total number of records...
sankarbhaCommented:
Option 2: (not recommended)

select top 50 a.*,b.totcount
from table a, (
select coun(*) as totcount from table) b


The above query retrieves the top 50 rows and each row have an additional field totcount containing the total no.of rows present in the table
DoughBoyAuthor Commented:
thanks!
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