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Posted on 2005-05-17
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Last Modified: 2010-03-19
I am trying to use the following to retrieve everything in a column from a table that I do not know the name but can refernce if using an id,  but I am getting an error

select * FROM
(select fldtable from tblQuestions where QuesID = '12')

the above should result in  "select * from tbltest"

 Server: Msg 170, Level 15, State 1, Line 2
Line 2: Incorrect syntax near ','.

What am I doing wrong?

Question by:krbnldy
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Expert Comment

ID: 14019669
Put an alias to your sub-query:

select * FROM
(select fldtable from tblQuestions where QuesID = '12')  a
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Accepted Solution

adathelad earned 200 total points
ID: 14019671
You are dynamically creating a SELECT statement, and so this cannot be done the way you have tried. You would need to use dynamic SQL like below:

SELECT @SQL = 'SELECT * FROM ' + fldtable
FROM tblQuestions
WHERE QuesID= '12'


Author Comment

ID: 14020589

your code works great in Query analyzer,  but how do i write this on an asp page

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