[ic] Custom sort algo, sort on filtered data, or concatenate two sorted queries?

Paul Jordan paul at gishnetwork.com
Fri Jan 29 16:35:29 UTC 2010

> I want to thank everyone who replied. Sorting primarily by the results
> of LIKE and secondarily by the colors column worked like a charm.
> Ex:
> ... order by colors NOT LIKE "red%", colors
> I'm new to SQL and hit on this after the 1st digest after my post, so
> it somehow never occurred to me to see if there was an
> ascending/descending sort order option. So what would be faster/more
> efficient: NOT LIKE or DESC? (I suppose it could very well vary with
> the implementation of SQL.)
> In any case, it lets me have, in this example, everything with red in
> the colors listed, with those starting with red first. Just what the
> doctor ordered. Fortunately, we have no color names that start with
> other color names, so we don't have that scenario to deal with.
> The next stage is making a page with the list of colors and links to
> their various page #s from their more lists. I'll poke around at it
> and give you guys a holler if I get stuck. (I've already decided I
> want to have some other data stored for each color - descriptions etc.
> - so I'll be creating a table that will help things.)

I'll throw this in as well - if you follow my original "solution" you'd have 
the added ability to differentiate the "better" results on the page - for 
example "These results matched most closely..."  and "Here are other results 
that relate to your criteria".

If you don't need that, Peter's solution is simple and fast.



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