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SQL String queries
How to Query Strings
Posted: 6 Jul 00
I have answered many questions about syntax errors when trying to query for strings in SQL and VB.
The following is my suggestion if you are having problems:
1) The string you are searching for must always be enclosed in single quotes :
SELECT Name from MyTable where Surname = 'Fred'
mystr = "SELECT Name from MyTable where Surname = 'Fred'"
2) If the string you are searching for Contains a single quote then the single quote must be doubled
SELECT Name from MyTable where Surname = 'Fred''s'
mystr = "SELECT Name from MyTable where Surname = 'Fred''s'"
3) If you are using variables in VB and the string you are searching for Contains a single quote then the single quote must STILL be doubled. This can be accomplished by writting a VB function that replaces any single quote with two single quotes. The SQL string must still be enclosed in single quotes:
mySearchstring = "Fred's"
NewString = ConvertQuotes(mySearchstring)
' Converts NewString into "Fred''s"
mystr = "SELECT Name from MyTable where Surname = '" & NewString & "'"
4) The above is also true when calling SQL stored procedures:
CREATE PROC GetName( @SearchString VARCHAR(50) )
SELECT Name from MyTable where Surname = @SearchString
CALL GetName ('Fred')
CALL GetName ('Fred''s')
Hope this is usefull,
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