Posted on 2008-10-24
Last Modified: 2013-11-11

I have a table with 2 columns
- NAME nvarchar

I need to retrieve the 200 first distinct records from this table, i write the folowing query but it failed with SQL Server:

             select distinct TOP 200 NAME from MyTable order by PRIORITY DESC

The error message says that i must insert the column Priority in the selection fields like this :

             select distinct TOP 200 NAME, PRIORITY from MyTable order by PRIORITY DESC

This SQL statement works BUT it does not what i want. The result set contains duplicated NAME field values because the PRIORITY for these NAMES are differents.

What do i have to do to get a real distinct on my NAME columns and ordered by PRIORITY column ?
In final step, i need to code this SQL in LINQ statement.

It's very funny because the equivalent query works very well in MySQL, why MS SQL Server will be so different !

Thank you

Question by:mars
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Assisted Solution

carter-greenan earned 25 total points
ID: 22800214
Hi there, give this a try. It is using a CTE to get around the issue

WITH names (Name, Priority) AS
    SELECT DISTINCT TOP (200) Name, Priority
    FROM MyTable
    ORDER BY Name
FROM Names
ORDER BY Priority
WHERE DirectReports>= 2 ;

Expert Comment

ID: 22800220
Sorry, please ignore the WHERE Clause, it was a copy/paste error!

Author Comment

ID: 22800312
Thank you but i always get duplicated NAME values.

For instance with your SQL, here is an excerpt of what i got as result set :
wanadoo - 10
wanadoo - 8

I only need to have only ONE wanadoo value.

Do you think there is an SQL solution, maybe LINQ statements will be a greater help ?


Accepted Solution

mars earned 0 total points
ID: 22802963
I found a solution that is :

SELECT top 10 Name, max(Priority) as PR
FROM MyTable
where .....
group by Name
order by PR desc

It works and return only unique NAME field value.

But I DO NOT KNOW HOW to code this SQL statement in LINQ statement ?
Any ideas ?

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