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Where clause that is looking at an Apostrophe in a surname.

Posted on 2007-03-28
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How would i solve a problem with a SELECT query that includes a where clause = to a surname where the surname is O'Dowd..My query is:

SELECT *
FROM TempAuct
WHERE (SellerNo = '" & sellerNo & "')
ORDER BY tempAuct.LotNo

It throws up the error,
Incorrect syntax near 'DOWD'.
Unclosed quotation mark after the character string ') ORDER BY TempAUCT.LotNo'.

I know that it is the Apostrophe in the O'Dowd is causing the problem?
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Question by:Eamon
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by:TheSloath
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Use double quote marks:

SELECT *
FROM TempAuct
WHERE (SellerNo = " & Chr$(34) & sellerNo & Chr$(34) & ")
ORDER BY tempAuct.LotNo


...obviously if you ever get a surname O"Dowd you're up the creek, but...

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SELECT *
FROM TempAuct
WHERE (SellerNo = '" & sellerNo.Replace("'","''").Replace("""","""""") & "')
ORDER BY tempAuct.LotNo

This doubles the ' and also the " character just in case. This will allow it to be interpreted by sql as a single ' or " without causing the error. If ' or " are not present in the string of course nothing will be changed.
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by:Eamon
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Thats seems to do the trick Tim..Im trying to understand the code though..would you be able to walk through an example lets say, O'Dowd

Thanks..
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by:TimCottee
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Ok, with sql, a simple insert statement like this:

Insert Into myTable(MyField) Values('O'Dowd')

Would cause an error because the ' between O and D would be treated as the end of the statement, subsequent characters would then fail parsing.

Insert Into MyTable(MyField) Values ('O''Dowd')

Allows sql to complete the parsing of the statement but it will insert only a single ' between O and D instead of the two that are shown in the statement. The same logic applies to a " character.

All I have done here is to use String.Replace(OriginalString,ReplacementString) to replace all occurrences of ' with ''. The complicated looking bit with " is actually because you have to do the same in vb/vb.net """" is actually treated as a string containing a single " character (the doubling here makes this happen in the same way as it does in SQL) so we are replacing all instances of " with "" as well as for the single quote character.
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by:Eamon
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Thanks for your help Tim.

Cheers.
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