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Posted on 2008-06-12
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How can I concat string in dynamic sql?
I need to put the below SQL in Dynamic sql
Select ID ,Question, answer, (question + ':' +  answer) as Question_Text from table
where question = @question


I've tried somthing like below but i keep getting an error?
Declare @sql varchar(max)


set @sql = 'Select ID ,Question, answer, (question + ''':''' + answer) as Question_Text from table  where question = ' + @Question + ''
Exec @sql
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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you had 1 quote too much:
set @sql = 'Select ID ,Question, answer, (question + '':'' + answer) as Question_Text from table  where question = ' + @Question + ''
Exec @sql

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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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in case question is a varchar:

notice: it must be exec(@sql) and not exec @sql, otherwise it excepts @sql to be the name of a stored proc.
set @sql = 'Select ID ,Question, answer, (question + '':'' + answer) as Question_Text from table  where question = ''' + replace(@Question, '''', '''''') + ''' ' 
Exec (@sql)

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assuming @question is varchar

DECLARE @question VARCHAR(10)
DECLARE @sql VARCHAR(1000)
SET @question = 'what?'
SET @sql = 'Select ID ,Question, answer, (question + '':'' +  answer) as Question_Text from table
where question = '''+@question+''''
PRINT @sql
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by:chapmandew
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use sp_executesql instead...it does a better job of caching the query plan

set @sql = 'Select ID ,Question, answer, (question + '':'' + answer) as Question_Text from table  where question = ' + @Question + ''
Exec sp_executesql @sql

and it allows you to pass varaibles to it.
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