How can I retrieve these rows?

I have a table that looks like this:

sortorder    statusid   workqueueroleid
1                    NULL          NULL
2                    NULL          NULL
3                    NULL          NULL
4                    30                10
5                    30                10
6                    NULL          NULL
7                    NULL          NULL

What would my select statement look like if I wanted to retrieve all the rows above row #4. In other words, I don't want rows 5, 6 or 7. I only want the rows 1,2 and 3.

How would I do it?
brucegustPHP DeveloperAsked:
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plusone3055Connect With a Mentor Commented:
JH logic is correct. an alternative way would also be

SELECT    sortorder
              ,statusid
              ,workqueroleid
FROM      YOUR TABLE
WHERE    sortorder IN(1,2,3)

This alternative would be if you wanted SPECIFIC row numbers versus where JH would show everything less than or equal to 3

variety :)
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Jim HornConnect With a Mentor Microsoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
Use the WHERE clause to filter the rows returned:
SELECT sortorder, statusid, workqueueroleid
FROM your_table
WHERE sortorder <= 3

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Brian CroweConnect With a Mentor Database AdministratorCommented:
What is your logic for defining the cut-off?  Is it the first non-null value? Is it just the sortorder value as Jim defines above?
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plusone3055Connect With a Mentor Commented:
his logic  
WHERE sortorder <= 3  

means  where the sortorder is less than or equal to 3

my logic  IN(1,2,3)

means when the sort order number is 1 or 2 or 3
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Marco GasiConnect With a Mentor FreelancerCommented:
if you wanto only the first three records you can use LIMIT:

SELECT    sortorder ,statusid ,workqueroleid FROM  table LIMIT 3
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awking00Connect With a Mentor Commented:
If you're trying to retrieve all of the rows that contain null statusids and workqueueroleids that exist prior non-null values based onthe sort order, then

select sortorder, statusid, workqueueroleid from
(select sortorder, statusid, workqueueroleid,
 row_number() over (order by statusid desc, workqueueroleid desc, sortorder) rn
 from table1) as x
where rn = sortorder;
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Ray PaseurCommented:
@MarqusG: I think LIMIT is a MySQL construct, not MS SQL.  But that aside, if we know the data criteria we can help craft a WHERE clause.  I just have this nagging feeling that the question has some subtext that we cannot find in the literal text.
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Marco GasiFreelancerCommented:
Oh, I didn't make attention to the topic! But I should... :)
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Jim HornConnect With a Mentor Microsoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
brucegust - As you can tell, we have multiple excellent answers for you.  It would help if you could confirm for us that they work, and if not give us some more details.
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awking00Connect With a Mentor Commented:
brucegust, what would you want to retrieve if the rows were like this?
sortorder    statusid   workqueueroleid
1                    NULL          NULL
2                    NULL          NULL
3                    NULL          NULL
4                    NULL          NULL
5                    30                10
6                    30                10
7                    NULL          NULL
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Scott PletcherConnect With a Mentor Senior DBACommented:
SELECT *
FROM dbo.tablename
WHERE
    sortorder < (SELECT MIN(sortorder) FROM dbo.tablename WHERE statusid IS NOT NULL)
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Vikas GargConnect With a Mentor Business Intelligence DeveloperCommented:
Hi,

You can try this using top and orderby

SELECT top 3 sortorder, statusid, workqueueroleid
FROM your_table
WHERE statusid is null and workqueueroleid is null
order by sortorder
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brucegustPHP DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Guys, as always, thanks for the assistance. I apologize for not staying tuned in. I wound up going with a different approach that involved a nested table and it worked great.

I'll distribute points based on the obvious time and trouble you took to help. Thanks again!
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