Ray Ray - 2 months ago 15
SQL Question

How do I write LINQ's .Skip(1000).Take(100) in pure SQL?

What is the SQL equivalent of the

.Skip()
method in LINQ?

For example: I would like to select rows 1000-1100 from a specific database table.

Is this possible with just SQL? Or do I need to select the entire table, then find the rows in memory? I'd ideally like to avoid this, if possible, since the table can be quite large.

Answer

In SQL Server 2005 and above you can use ROW_NUMBER function. eg.

USE AdventureWorks;
GO
WITH OrderedOrders AS
(
    SELECT SalesOrderID, OrderDate,
    ROW_NUMBER() OVER (ORDER BY OrderDate) AS 'RowNumber'
    FROM Sales.SalesOrderHeader 
) 
SELECT * 
FROM OrderedOrders 
WHERE RowNumber BETWEEN 51 AND 60; --BETWEEN is inclusive
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