Sorting Records with Indexes

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An index determines the display order of records in a table. Typically, records appear in ascending order based on a primary, or default, index. This default behavior does not require application intervention. If you want a different sort order, however, you must specify either

  • An alternate index.
  • A list of columns on which to sort (not available on servers that aren't SQL-based).

Indexes let you present the data from a table in different orders. On SQL-based tables, this sort order is implemented by using the index to generate an ORDER BY clause in a query that fetches the table's records. On other tables (such as Paradox and dBASE tables), the index is used by the data access mechanism to present records in the desired order.

The following topics provide details on how to obtain information about available indexes and how to specify which index the dataset uses to sort records:

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