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Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'LIKE'

Posted on 2009-05-13
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Sorry, I'm not seeing where my syntax is incorrect on this simple query:

SELECT
      CASE strMerchItemName
            WHEN LIKE 'group%' THEN GroupItem
            WHEN LIKE 'trade%' THEN TradeItem
            ELSE EverythingElse
            END AS ItemType,
      SUM(curPrice) AS Total
FROM tblMerchItem
GROUP BY strMerchItemName

But I'm getting the following error:
"Msg 156, Level 15, State 1, Line 3
Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'LIKE'."

I don't see what's wrong with my CASE statement and the LIKE statements.  Can somebody please show me where I'm making my mistake(s)?
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SELECT
      CASE
            WHEN strMerchItemName LIKE 'group%' THEN GroupItem
            WHEN strMerchItemName LIKE 'trade%' THEN TradeItem
            ELSE EverythingElse
            END AS ItemType,
      SUM(curPrice) AS Total
FROM tblMerchItem
GROUP BY strMerchItemName
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by:BrandonGalderisi
BrandonGalderisi earned 50 total points
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All evaluations in a case, that are not = evaluations, must be done like this:


SELECT
      CASE
            WHEN strMerchItemName LIKE 'group%' THEN GroupItem
            WHEN strMerchItemName LIKE 'trade%' THEN TradeItem
            ELSE EverythingElse
            END AS ItemType,
      SUM(curPrice) AS Total
FROM tblMerchItem
GROUP BY strMerchItemName


Same would apply for <, >, <=, >=, etc...


SELECT
      CASE
            WHEN strMerchItemName > 1 THEN GroupItem
            WHEN strMerchItemName < 1 THEN TradeItem
..
..
..
..
            ELSE EverythingElse
            END AS ItemType,
      SUM(curPrice) AS Total
FROM tblMerchItem
GROUP BY strMerchItemName
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by:BrandonGalderisi
ID: 24377542
sorry for the double post aneeshattingal
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by:sevenpeaks
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Beautiful.  Thanks for your work.  That will help me out.
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