That�s not a JSP Question. Is a SQL question. With ANSI SQL you cannot make such a query, the best you can hope is select * from employees order by salary and take the first 5 records. With propietary extensions is possible.
I took the liberty of removing a couple of posts that bordered on the "Be Nice" rule. The latter of the 2 was a quote of the first. Not everyone knows where to post what when they first visit Javaranch. That is why we have the ability to move threads. Comments regarding such in any unhelpful way should be kept to yourself. We want everyone on Javaranch to have the best experience possible. Ivan's got your answer. Go with that.
If you aren't concerned with a specific database, some allow you to limit the number of returned results. PostgreSQL for example, sports the LIMIT keyword (which, with the OFFSET keyword, makes paging through a large resultset trivial). bear
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It's a really really slow, naive way of solving the problem; for a table with N rows, that query will take on the order of N**2 operations to produce an answer. In other words, it will work fine for a table with maybe 100 rows, and you will be waiting a long time on a table with 100,000 rows. It also is a query for top 10, when the original question was for top 5.
The problem is that, in plain language, that SQL says: for every number in the table, count the numbers in the entire table that are greater than the current number, and if there are less than 10 numbers in the entire table that are greater than the current number, include the current number in the result.
It would be far better to simply select the rows in the correct order, and use Statement.setMaxRows() to limit the transfered result.
As earlier posts mention, there are also database-specific ways to have a SQL query limit itself. On the Oracle databse, it would be: