Sunday, September 12, 2010

Random Records in SQL Server based on Where Clause

How to get random records in SQL Server based on Where Clause

Syntax

Select Top [No. of Random Records you want]  *
from
(
Select  Col1, Col2
from ActualTableName
where
Col1 Like '%SearchWord%'
) VirtualTable
ORDER BY NEWID()
Note: VirtualTable is table that doesn't exist in database, it is just a placeholder name.


Example
Select Top 1 *
from
(
Select QuestionId, QuestionTitle
from ForumQuestion
Where
ForumQuestion.QuestionTitle Like @SearchKeyword
) MyTable
ORDER BY NEWID()

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