Pass through a wildcard value to Mysql
Posted on 2008-10-16
Hi, i have a form with about 7 text input boxes and would like to query the database, 9 times out of 10 users will only want to input values for 2 of the boxes but theoretically they could put inputs into each box and i would have to send a long query string to the database.
Ive been thinking of ways around this and thought of having a default find method in rails that would search by all the fields but when the user only sends 2 fields accross from the client i was going to send over 5 wildcard caracters with them.
Please can someone let me know if this is the wrong way to go about this, and if its not could someone let me know what the wildcard is because i cant seem to find it on google