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The first aggregate allows you to get the value of one column as ordered by another. For example, first(temperature, time) returns the earliest temperature value based on time within an aggregate group.

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The last and first commands do not use indexes, they perform a sequential scan through the group. They are primarily used for ordered selection within a GROUP BY aggregate, and not as an alternative to an ORDER BY time DESC LIMIT 1 clause to find the latest value, which uses indexes.

NameTypeDescription
valueTEXTThe value to return
timeTIMESTAMP or INTEGERThe timestamp to use for comparison

Get the earliest temperature by device_id:

SELECT device_id, first(temp, time)
FROM metrics
GROUP BY device_id;

This example uses first and last with an aggregate filter, and avoids null values in the output:

SELECT
TIME_BUCKET('5 MIN', time_column) AS interv,
AVG(temperature) as avg_temp,
first(temperature,time_column) FILTER(WHERE time_column IS NOT NULL) AS beg_temp,
last(temperature,time_column) FILTER(WHERE time_column IS NOT NULL) AS end_temp
FROM sensors
GROUP BY interv

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