Refer to mysql column using number only

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DrP

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Hi,
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.
Thanks,
Clive
 
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Best bet IMO is to build the SQL query inside of a different language (probally whatever your program is built in).
 
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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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