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Large SQL Table Need Group and SubGroup

Hello,
I have a table that has 2.5 million records in it and I want to be able to display this data in "groups" on one specific field.  
Assume the field is "Tag" and it is a VARCHAR(50).  
What I want to be able to do is list all the rows grouped by the first character of the TAG.  

However, because there are so many records, I also want to display this data in "pages".

For Example, for all rows that begin with "A", I want to then group by the 2nd character:
AAxxxx- AByyyyy
AC- AD
AD - AE
AF-  AG
Etc.
xxxxxx and yyyyy woudl be the remainder of the FIRST and LAST TAG name in the group.
The result would be a 26 groups under A for each letter of the alphabet.  When someone selects the AA-AB group, I would then load all the Tags that have LEFT(Tag,2) in ('AA','AB')

The table is stored in a MS SQL 2000 database.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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k_murli_krishnaCommented:
SELECT tag, <column-list> FROM YourTable WHERE ............. GROUP BY SUBSTRING(tag,1,2), SUBSTRING(tag,3,2), <column-list> ORDER BY .............;
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aspireworksAuthor Commented:
Thanks, it seemed to get me going down the right path, but didn't quite give me the results I was looking for.
I was able to come up with this code, but it runs REALLY slow.
Here's my SQL:
SELECT DISTINCT code, 
   (SELECT TOP 1 tag FROM table WHERE  SUBSTRING(tag,1,2) = code and LEN(tag) > 2 ORDER BY tag ASC) -- return 1st TAG in group code
,(SELECT TOP1 tag FROM TABLE WHERE SUBSTRING(tag,1,2) = code and LEN(tag) > 2 ORDER BY tag desc) -- return LAST TAG in group code   
FROM TABLE bb (NOLOCK)
INNER JOIN  
(SELECT DISTINCT SUBSTRING(tag,1,2) AS code FROM TABLE WHERE LEN(tag) > 2) cc
ON SUBSTRING(tag,1,2) = cc.code 
ORDER BY code ASC

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k_murli_krishnaCommented:
Try a simpler version:
SELECT DISTINCT SUBSTRING(tag,1,2),
                             (SELECT TOP 1 tag FROM table WHERE  LEN(tag) > 2 ORDER BY tag ASC) ,
                             (SELECT TOP 1 tag FROM TABLE WHERE LEN(tag) > 2 ORDER BY tag DESC)
FROM TABLE bb
GROUP BY  SUBSTRING(tag,1,2);

You can remove the DISTINCT if it is not necessary.

 


   

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