Controlling the update order in T-SQL on SQL Server 2005
Sometimes you just want to do this
update foo set bar=123 order by foo.lastmodifiedtimestamp
Why.... well you may rely on the order of the timestamp.
It's suprprisingly hard to do but is possible using CTEs.
WITH InvoicesNumbered AS
SELECT *, ROW_NUMBER() OVER(ORDER BY LastModifiedTimestamp desc) AS RowNum
set createdby =
(select top 1 userID from [user] where clientid = InvoicesNumbered .invoiceclientid)
WHERE RowNum < 20000; --Use a number larger than the row count of the table.
Idea pinched from here. Reposted in search of better Live Search ranking for the obvious search query 'controlling update order in SQL Server'
.NET|Tuesday, July 08, 2008 9:12:25 AM UTC||