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How to use the TOP predicate with date data and the ORDER BY clause

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This article is from the book "Access 2007 Pure SQL

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The TOP predicate with ORDER BY and dates

Find the 5 most recently hired employees


The TOP predicate is very useful when used with dates.  In this example, we are looking for the five most recently hired employees in the corporation.  We use the DESC keyword with ORDER BY to obtain this result.  We could use the ASC keyword to retrieve the 5 most senior employees of the corporation. 


SELECT TOP 5 lastname, firstname, DateofHire

FROM SalesReps