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Refer to mysql column using number only

Discussion in 'Web Design & Development' started by DrP, Jan 27, 2007.

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  1. DrP

    DrP Thread Starter

    Jul 23, 2005
    Does anyone know how to refer to a mysql table column using a number instead of the column's name? For example, if it is the 4th column I'd like the select query to include:
    ORDER BY '$sortnumber'
    and the variable $sortnumber will be the number 4.
  2. cpscdave


    Feb 25, 2004
    Best bet IMO is to build the SQL query inside of a different language (probally whatever your program is built in).
  3. Chicon


    Jul 29, 2004
    Hi DrP,

    In MySql, the ORDER BY part of a SELECT statement refers to the position of the field in the selection not in the table.

    Example :

    SELECT fieldname4, fieldname7, fieldname5 ... FROM table ORDER BY 2 ASC

    The result will be sorted on ascending fieldname7.
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