That would only work if the result set is sorted by name. You said you
wanted to sort by hiring date, that's not going to work.
As for the general approach, I don't have enough experience to judge. How
big would you expect the result set to be?
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: James Tu [mailto:jtu@stripped]
> Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 1:05 PM
> To: James Tu
> Cc: MySQL List
> Subject: Re: Finding a record in a result set
> Right now I'm trying to use PHP to do a binary search on the result
> set so I don't have to traverse the entire result set.
> I'm using PHP's mysql_data_seek() to move the pointer within the
> result set and looking at the data.
> What do people think of this approach?
> On Mar 22, 2007, at 11:21 AM, James Tu wrote:
> > Is there some quick way to do the following in MySQL? (I know I
> > can use PHP to search through the result set, but I wanted to see
> > if there's a quick way using some sort of query)
> > Let's say I know that Joe is from Maine.
> > I want to do a query of all employees from Maine, ordered
> by hiring
> > date, and figure out where Joe falls in that list. (i.e. which
> > record number is he?)
> > -James
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