FAQ: Queries - Limit

This community-built FAQ covers the “Limit” exercise from the lesson “Queries”.

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For LIMIT, it doesn’t seem that this command correctly returns data when there is a tie for the final position. For example, for the data set, if you use:

SELECT *
FROM movies
ORDER BY imdb_rating DESC
LIMIT 5;

You return 5 movies as asked, but if you use a large limit you will see that Star Wars and Intersteller are both ranted 8.7 on IMDb. There must be another parameter that breaks the tie-- seems to be id #. How could you change tie-breaking secondary parameters or change the code to return more rows of data in the case of a tie for the final spot to show all movies that tied for this last spot?

SQL Server appears to have a selector to do what you want: SELECT TOP 12 WITH TIES * according to this, but I can’t make it work in the CA version. I’m not sure what the underlying SQL version is that we are dealing with here.

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