Posted on 2011-03-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hi guys

Is there any way that I can order a column in the order 1,2,3 instead of 1,11,12,2,3,30.  I am trying to write a script using SQL.
Question by:ernie_shah
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ID: 35107936
Thanking you for any assistance.
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enachemc earned 167 total points
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order by to_number(column)
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by:Geert Gruwez
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use lpad format the number as char with left padding zero's

select lpad(column, 20, '0') sorter, ...
from table
order by sorter

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by:Ephraim Wangoya
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That happens because your column is varchar.
You have to use a numeric field or convert the column to numeric when running you query

select *
from table
order by cast(Yourcolumn as int)

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Expert Comment

ID: 35109976
why that? you can write like;
select thefield1youwant, thefield2youwant, thefield3youwant, thefield4youwant FROM table
much faster.

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Nice seeing you.

Expert Comment

ID: 35114456
Hello my Friend,
You can convert your field to numeric format in order part like this:
Select Field1, Field2 -- or some fields that you need
From ATable -- assume ATable is your table
Order by Cast(Field3 as int) -- assume Field3 is your ordering field

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Thank you guys for the responses i will try the suggestions and let you know.......
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by:Geert Gruwez
ID: 35421757
hey, my comment works too !

if you left pad a column with 0's it's sorted as a left padded string with 0's

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