order by CAST(Balance as decimal(8,2)) asc;
Cast will work in the order by.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Keith Clark" <keithclark@stripped>
Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 3:52 PM
Subject: order by numeric value
>I have the following statement:
> select chart_of_accounts.accountname as Account,
> concat('$',format(coalesce(sum(sales_journal_entries.debit),0),2)) as
> concat('$',format(coalesce(sum(sales_journal_entries.credit),0),2)) as
> as Balance
> from sales_journal_entries
> left join sales_journal
> on sales_journal.journalID=sales_journal_entries.journalID
> left join chart_of_accounts
> on chart_of_accounts.accountID=sales_journal_entries.accountID
> where sales_journal.date > '2008-12-31'
> and sales_journal.date < '2010-01-01'
> group by sales_journal_entries.accountID
> order by Balance asc;
> and I'd like the output to be sorted by the Balance according to the
> numberic value, but it is sorting by the string result. I tried
> abs(Balance) but I get the following error:
> 1247 Reference 'Balance' not supported (reference to group function)
> I'm not sure I understand the error.
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