Why can not we have ORDER BY clause in CREATE VIEW (SELECT) statement  - SQL Server ?

Posted on 2011-03-07
Last Modified: 2012-05-11

Can you please explain me:

Why can not we have ORDER BY clause in CREATE VIEW (SELECT) statement ?

Question by:milani_lucie
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LIONKING earned 250 total points
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You can use the ORDER BY clause when you query the view, you don't need the ORDER BY when you create it, because at that momento you're not retrieving the data from the server, just "creating" the view.
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reb73 earned 250 total points
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Because a view is just a definition and does not actually contain data as such..

Ordering is done when you query the results or store it (clustered indexes).

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Try something like this:

Create View ViewName as SELECT *  FROM (SELECT fieldname1, fieldname2...
from yourTable ORDER BY fieldname) as t

View doesn't like explicit ORDEr BY clause
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View doesn't like explicit ORDEr BY clause when creating it...sorry
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There are decisions you make and those you live with.  In this case, Microsoft gets to make the decision and you get to live with it. ;-)
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by:Anthony Perkins
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>>In this case, Microsoft gets to make the decision and you get to live with it. ;-) <<
I have to remember that one.  That is great!

But we can only hope the author does not resort to using TOP 100 PERCENT or some other cheesy kludge or they will be very disappointed when they discover that the ORDER BY clause is ignored.

But the simple answer is that even if they could use ORDER BY, it is a very bad idea.

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