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Is it possible to order by like?

I know that is broad.

What I am trying to do is order by the year of a car, but the only info on the year is in the listing_title.

ie
listing_title = 1987 Cheve C10
listing_title = C10 1991 great year and has 350ci
listing_title = 1983 Chevrolet Cheyenne 10

I want a way for my visitors to view by year, I can make an array of all of the options if that helps.

$years = array(1991,1992,1993,1994...)


$sortoptions = 'ORDER BY --- ASC';
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Question by:movieprodw
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by:Gary
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If it was just a year in the title and no other numbers or if the year was in a particular place you could do it.
But with those examples I cannot see how (in MySQL)


Of course it would make more sense to have the year as a separate field to start with.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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ORDER BY needs to be a field in the result set.  LIKE isn't going to work because it's just a comparison function.
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by:movieprodw
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I understand, but what I did was crawled CL for cars that I am looking for and they are not listed by year, I guess I could run a script in the crawler at the end that says

if title like %$year_array% then echo matching year into 'year' column.

Would that make more sense?
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Gary earned 500 total points
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select SUBSTRING(listing_title ,LOCATE('19',listing_title ),4) as year
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order by year

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Assuming no other 19** numbers.
Give it a whirl, seems to work.
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by:movieprodw
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It is not working for me...

SELECT * FROM query_results WHERE listing_title IS NOT NULL AND SUBSTRING(listing_title ,LOCATE(19,listing_title ),4) as year ORDER BY year
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by:movieprodw
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Awesome!
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by:Gary
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SELECT *,SUBSTRING(listing_title ,LOCATE('19',listing_title ),4) as year  FROM query_results WHERE listing_title IS NOT NULL ORDER BY year 

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I wouldn't really recommend this tho, you would be better extracting the year with regex in PHP and inserting it as a year column.
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by:movieprodw
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Just out of curiosity how would it work if I had 20** and 19**?

listing_title = 1987 mustang
listing_title = Mustang 2001 great year and has 302ci
listing_title = 1983 mustang
listing_title = 2004 mustang
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by:Gary
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select concat(SUBSTRING(category,LOCATE('19',category),4),
SUBSTRING(category,LOCATE('20',category),4)) as year
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