Search by any word!

Posted on 1998-07-20
Last Modified: 2010-03-19
I want to know how to write the SQLQuery that it can search in the table by any word!
Question by:ruisun

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very dificult question if you want to search whole table for a word (for example "KILE") do some like this:
select * from TABLE
(FILED1 like "%KILE%") or
(FILED2 like "%KILE%") or
(FILED3 like "%KILE%") ...

. some like this this is the only way

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In MSSQL server 7.0 beta you can use full text indexing with
Contains is powerful keyword
This example searches for all products with words of the form "dry": dried, drying, and so on.
(See if you use like dry* over here, it is another story and it returns lot of garbage too)
USE Northwind
SELECT ProductName
FROM Products
I cannot do it with 'like'
also it can use Near() function, wich searches word next to given word
[WHERE CONTAINS(ProductName, 'spread NEAR () Boysenberry']
also uses weighted terms
WHERE CONTAINS(Description, 'ISABOUT (spread weight (.8),
    sauces weight (.4), relishes weight (.2) )' )
See it is simple and powerful, it scrolls every row but
with full text indexing it allows to do sophisticated searches fast, before it was possible only in DB2 and Oracle.
I cannot see we can replace all this examples with LIKE
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