Alex Alex - 5 months ago 18
MySQL Question

MYSQL - ORDER BY & LIMIT

I have a query that looks like this:

SELECT article FROM table1 ORDER BY publish_date LIMIT 20


How does ORDER BY work? Will it order all records, then get the first 20, or will it get 20 records and order them by the
publish_date
field?

If it's the last one, you're not guaranteed to really get the most recent 20 articles.

Answer

It will order first, then get the first 20. A database will also process anything in the WHERE clause before ORDER BY.