SQL | Simple Queries exercise | Show the first and the last two events in date order

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Software ==> SQL  (198 exercises)
Version ==> Any version of SQL Server
Topic ==> Simple Queries  (4 exercises)
Level ==> Harder than average
Subject ==> SQL training
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  3. Execute this script.

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Create a query which uses two separate SELECT statements to show the first and last 2 events in date order from the tblEvent table:

Combining queries

Run two SELECT commands one after the other to get these results.


Now redirect the output of this query to text, rather than to grid, to get something like this when you run it:

Results to text

The same results, but in text form.


If you think this looks messy (and it does), try adding the command SET NOCOUNT ON to the beginning of your query, to suppress the row number messages.

Save this query as How times change, then close it down.

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