Is it possible to use LEFT and WHERE in a sql statement

I am trying to produce a quick A-Z index of items stored in my database based on the initial letter of the product.

For instance, I will have

A B C D E F .... at the top of the page and then below it a dynamic table which will show only those products beginning with A etc

Is it possible to write something like as the SQL statement

SELECT "aaa,bbb,ccc from tbl_xxx where LEFT(aaa,1) = "+Request("Initial")

I am getting invalid column name

Is there an easy SQL way to do this...

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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
yes, it would be something like this:
sql = "SELECT aaa,bbb,ccc from tbl_xxx where aaa LIKE '" +Request("Initial") + "%' "

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Pratima PharandeCommented:
SELECT aaa,bbb,ccc from tbl_xxx where aaa  like '"+ Request("Initial") +"'%"
Pratima PharandeCommented:
actual query is like this

SELECT aaa,bbb,ccc from tbl_xxx where aaa  like 'a%'
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roblickleyAuthor Commented:
"SELECT * FROM dbo.tbl_aaa where left(aaa,1) = '" + Request("Initial") + "'"

missed off the " !!

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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
glad that you found your solution, note though that the LIKE method pratima_mcs and I suggest will result in eventually better performance, as it could use an index.
your method using LEFT() on the field will make that impossible...
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