Find a speciifc row number of an SQL table by search data within the table

Posted on 2014-12-30
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I need to identify row numbers by data in column "Hour"

Hour     Row Number
0                     0
1                     1
12                   2
13                   3
14                   4

For example, look up the row number of hour 12 should return 3, the row numbers are in numeric order starting at 0, the hours could be random on any row.  I can not use ID numbers to solve this as the ID numbers could be anything.

Thanks for the help.
Question by:SweetingA

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ID: 40524874
I should mention, i am searching in vb express 2010 and looking into SQL server 2012
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Fernando Soto earned 2000 total points
ID: 40524910
Hi SweetingA;

Assuming that Hours is a Integer data type in the database and it only appears once in the database this should return the [Row Number] column.

Dim hour As Integer = 12
'' TableNameHere needs to be replaced with the TableName from the database
Dim sql As String = "SELECT [Row Number] FROM TableNameHere WHERE Hours = + & hour

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by:Ali HND
ID: 40524923
Dim count As Integer
query = "SELECT COUNT(Hour) AS Hourcount FROM Yourtable WHERE Hour = 12 "

cmd = New SqlCommand(query, con)

count = cmd.ExecuteScalar 


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by:Fernando Soto
ID: 40524927
Reposting code there was a " missing in my original post.

Dim hour As Integer = 12
'' TableNameHere needs to be replaced with the TableName from the database
Dim sql As String = "SELECT [Row Number] FROM TableNameHere WHERE Hours = " + & hour

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Absent a built in function to give you the row number (such as is provided in SQL Server and Oracle), what I would probably do is create a temporary table that looks like the explanatory table you started out with.  In T-SQL that would be

(Hour INT, "Row Number" INT IDENTITY(1,1)); //i.e. start at 1 and increment by 1 automatically

The keywords DECLARE and IDENTITY are T-SQL keywords and will probably be different in your dialect.  I would start by searching for "auto increment".

Then dump all your hours into the Hour column

INSERT INTO @TempHours (Hour)
SELECT Hour FROM YourTableNameHere; // to use Fernando's table name notation

Assuming the selection happens in row order - not guaranteed, but what else can you assume(?) - you will have almost the table you presented in your question, and can query it from there.  The difference is that the row numbers start at 1 instead of 0.  You can make it 0 if you want, but 1 base row numbers seem to be what you are looking for.

For example,

SELECT [Row Number] FROM @TempHours
WHERE Hour = 12;

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