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Databases Reporting with SQL Working with Text Getting the Length of a String

Hi, why is this wrong? select title, length(title) AS longest_length from books order by length limit 1;

Hi I'm struggling to see where I'm wrong for this question. I would be grateful if anyone could provide an explanation or some feedback. Thanks in advance!

1 Answer

Mel Rumsey
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Mel Rumsey
Treehouse Staff

Hey @Cherub you are very close here. :-) so we are wanting to order the books by length, which you aliased as longest_length. What we want to do is ORDER BY longest_length. By default ORDER BY orders the items in ascending order. If we do not specify whether we want it in ASC or DESC order, what you currently have will select the smallest length. So if you add DESC to the end of ORDER BY longest_length and limit that to one that should pass. Great job!