In Snowflake, I'm querying the Information_Schema for the number of columns in each of a series of listed tables. How do I write my query so that Snowflake will return the results in the same order that I've listed the table names in the query? I tried CASE WHEN 'table1' THEN 1, CASE WHEN 'table2' THEN 2,...etc, but had no luck. Alternatively, if SQL Server has a better solution for this, I could query it there.

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I don't have a Snowflake instance at hand, but since you've tagged it with SQL server as well…

You can provide your filter in a table expression (or temp table or table variable) along with a column used for ordering (called Ordinal in my example).

DB fiddle demo

    , d.database_id
    , v.Ordinal
FROM sys.databases AS d
        (1, 'model')
        , (2, 'msdb')
        , (3, 'master')
        , (4, 'tempdb')
) v (Ordinal, dbName)
    ON d.name = v.dbName
ORDER BY v.Ordinal

enter image description here


I can order the results of my query in the same order as my query with a series of case statements, putting END at the end of each case statement:

CASE WHEN table_name =  'my_table1' THEN 1 END, 
CASE WHEN table_name = 'my_table2' THEN 2 END,


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