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Combine the ORDER BY and TOP clauses to control the result set

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Combine the ORDER BY and TOP clauses to control the result set

List the top five products in the inventory with the biggest quantities on hand

Discussion:

The ORDER BY clause produces very meaningful results when used in combination with the TOP clause.  For instance, what if we would like to list the top five products in our inventory with the biggest quantities on hand?  We can achieve this task by combining the ORDER BY and TOP clauses.  Notice the number of records in the result set.  Only five products appear and these five products have the largest unit quantities in stock in our inventory. 

Code:

SELECT TOP 5 unitsinstock, productname

FROM products

ORDER BY unitsinstock DESC
 

Result: