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I have got a query that returns thousands of rows but I'm only interested in the first 20 records. In mysql I can limit the returned data (and thus the network traffic) with the LIMIT start,number clause, where start is the starting row and number is the number of rows that I want to see.
Is something similar possible in Oracle as well?
Oracle has a system attribute ROWNUM for each record returned. A query that only returns the first 20 records would look like the one in the example.
ROWNUM starts counting with 1.
// mysqlselect col from tbl limit 20;
// Oracleselect col from tbl where rownum<=20;
// Microsoft SQLselecttop 20 col from tbl;