You cannot use an Order by in an Update statement
therefore you can't

Then I can't think of any built in function which would return the number
you desired.

My question is this, what possible value is a ranking number when you can
organize the file by any sort criteria you wish?  Especially when you've
already determined that the rank is based on another column.

Rob Berendt
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Benjamin Franklin

                    "Alan Novick"
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Lets say I have a file with three fields, customer number, dollars sold,
rank.  I can fill the customer number and dollars sold fields from my
I then one to put a number in the rank field, so that the customer who
bought the most gets a ranking of one, the one who bought less gets 2, etc.
Is there a way to do this in sql?


Alan Novick
Pressman Toy Corporation
New Brunswick, NJ

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