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Posted on 2008-10-13
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I want to update table1.Code with table2.Code by matching the value of table1.Description to the data in table2.MatchingText where the two are not exact matches (eg. table1.Description LIKE table2.MatchingText), essentially a non-exact match lookup table.

Tables are structured as:

table1
-------
recNum
Description
Code

table2
-------
MatchingText
Code

It seems like it should be easy, but I'm at a loss.
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Question by:LERNWebmaster
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by:Kevin Cross
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You are pretty close, but since you don't have an exact match you have to do something like this:

table1.Description LIKE "*" & table2.MatchingText & "*"
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by:LERNWebmaster
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and how would I link those?
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Kevin Cross earned 1000 total points
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UPDATE Table1 t1 INNER JOIN Table2 t2
ON t1.Description LIKE "*" & t2.MatchingText & "*"
SET t1.Code = t2.Code

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by:LERNWebmaster
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Thanks.  I'm going to go smack myself for being so lame now. :-)
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