17.10 - ORDER BY Clause Usage - Advanced SQL Engine - Teradata Database

Teradata Vantage™ - SQL Data Definition Language Detailed Topics

Product
Advanced SQL Engine
Teradata Database
Release Number
17.10
Release Date
July 2021
Content Type
Programming Reference
Publication ID
B035-1184-171K
Language
English (United States)

You can specify an ORDER BY clause in a view definition only if you also specify either the TOP n or TOP m PERCENT option. Without a TOP n clause, the results on which the ORDER BY should be applied is ambiguous, and therefore not meaningful semantically.

An ORDER BY clause is semantically meaningful when used with a TOP n subselect operation because it affects the actual results of the subselect in the view definition. For TOP n subselect operations, the ORDER BY specification also controls the final result of the subselect operation.

If you want to create a view that also includes the WITH TIES option for TOP n, then you must also specify an ORDER BY clause; otherwise, the system ignores the WITH TIES specification.