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Sql query to update a column without overwriting the existing data.

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How do we update a column in SQL database without overwriting the existing data?
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Question by:Anandhi1
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Aneesh Retnakaran earned 250 total points
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i didbt understand, you mean to update a paticular column with entirely new value in that case try this

update urTable
set urColumn = 'newValue'
 where somePrimarykey = 'someUniqueValue'

if you want to append to the exisitng one

update urTable
set urColumn = urColumn +  'newValue'
 where somePrimarykey = 'someUniqueValue'
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by:i2mental
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update table1
set field1 = 'whatever' where field1 is null

only writes into blank field1
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