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Sorting mysql resultset based on date

Discussion in 'Databases' started by JEET, May 24, 2020.

  1. #1
    Sorting mysql resultset based on date

    I got 2 columns, "firstName" and "myDate"
    "myDate" stores date in this format: "2020-11-29" (YYYY-mm-dd format)
    Its a varchar column

    There could be multiple records for each "firstName", the date will differ.
    ('jeet', '2020-05-30'),
    ('jeet', '2020-05-31'),
    ('Lucky', '2020-05-31'),
    ('Lucky', '2020-06-01'),

    I am trying to select all "firstName", but only 1 record for each name, the one with the smallest date.

    select * from table order by myDate asc group by firstName

    Problem is "myDate" is a varchar column, and I am not sure if results will be sorted correctly all the time.
    So I was hoping to convert myDate input to a numerical format like unix timestamp, and then sort it.
    How can I do this in the query?
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    JEET, May 24, 2020 IP
  2. #2
    If you have this

    create table `usernames` (
      `id` int(11) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
      `name` varchar(50) DEFAULT NULL,
      `created` date DEFAULT NULL,
      PRIMARY KEY (`id`)
    insert into usernames values
    (null, 'jeet', '2020-05-30'),
    (null, 'jeet', '2020-05-31'),
    (null, 'Lucky', '2020-05-31'),
    (null, 'Lucky', '2020-06-01');
    Code (markup):
    then this query
    SELECT `name`, MIN(`created`) AS `mincreated`
    FROM `usernames`
    GROUP BY `name`
    ORDER BY `name`
    Code (markup):
    will give you


    have a play at http://www.sqlfiddle.com/#!9/9ce6ba/1

    Where it gets iffy is if you needed another field from usernames that was associated with that minimum person. I'll edit my example and show you.

    Edit: Version 2 http://www.sqlfiddle.com/#!9/9306ba/2
    Last edited: May 25, 2020
    sarahk, May 24, 2020 IP
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