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Problem in dataView.RowFilter

I work on vs 2005 c#
Have dataview and I made  rowfilte

string Myaddress="alexandria";
Just like dataView1.RowFilter = "Columnaddress like '%" + Myaddress + "%' ";
And its work fine

Problem when I when to make operator or for more than one letter
string Myaddress="al[ea]xandria";
Just like dataView.RowFilter = "Columnaddress like '%" + Myaddress + "%' ";

Error >> Error in Like operator: the string pattern '%[ea]%' is invalid.

I want to make operator or in letters like sql server .
Whats is the slove ?????
1 Solution
Meir RivkinFull stack Software EngineerCommented:
since the Myaddress contans brackets u need to modify the filter a little bit.
chcek http://www.csharp-examples.net/dataview-rowfilter/
the first section explans how to use special charachters in filter.
alnahas1Author Commented:
This is a great website but i afraid it's not help me
please any ather solve
thanks in advance
Dhanasekaran SengodanCommented:

 (last sentence is important):


Both the * and % can be used interchangeably for wildcards in a LIKE comparison. If the string in a LIKE clause contains a * or %, those characters should be escaped in brackets ([]). If a bracket is in the clause, the bracket characters should be escaped in brackets (for example [[] or []]). A wildcard is allowed at the beginning and end of a pattern, or at the end of a pattern, or at the beginning of a pattern. For example:

"ItemName LIKE '*product*'"

"ItemName LIKE '*product'"

"ItemName LIKE 'product*'"

Wildcards are not allowed in the middle of a string. For example, 'te*xt' is not allowed.
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Meir RivkinFull stack Software EngineerCommented:

dataView.RowFilter = "Columnaddress like '%" + EscapeLikeValue(Myaddress) + "%' ";

public static string EscapeLikeValue(string valueWithoutWildcards)
  StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
  for (int i = 0; i < valueWithoutWildcards.Length; i++)
    char c = valueWithoutWildcards[i];
    if (c == '*' || c == '%' || c == '[' || c == ']')
    else if (c == '\'')
  return sb.ToString();

alnahas1Author Commented:
Mr sedgwick:

this slove no appear error and also make slove to my problem
i mean al[ae]xandria  is convert to alxandria
i want dataview filter search for alexandria   and  alaxandria
If a pattern in a LIKE clause contains any of these special characters * % [ ], those characters must be escaped in brackets [ ] like this [*], [%], [[] or []].

string Myaddress="al[[]ea[]]xandria";

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Meir RivkinFull stack Software EngineerCommented:

if i'm not mistaken ur misusing the LIKE clause.
i assumed that the brackets are part of the string ur trying to filter.
however, ur logic is 2 use the letters in the brackets to produce multiple options based on the number of the characters inside the brackets.

so what u mean basically is that if your Myaddress string is: "123[XYZ]123"

your filter suppose to be look like this:
dataView.RowFilter = "Columnaddress like '%123X123%'  or
Columnaddress like '%123Y123%'  or
Columnaddress like '%123Z123%' ";

if this what u mean u need to build the expression yourself cause this kind of logic is not supported.

what i'd do is to write a function which accept column name and expression (i.e. "al[ea]xandria") and return the filter expression with the logic u want to apply.

check the below code:

static void Main(string[] args)
            string exp = GenerateOptionsFilter("City", "New[ -]York");
            //City='New York' or City='New-York' 
        static string GenerateOptionsFilter(string column, string input)
            string[] tokens = input.Split(new char[] { '[', ']' }, StringSplitOptions.RemoveEmptyEntries);
            if (tokens.Count() != 3)
                //invlid input
            StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
            foreach (char c in tokens[1])
                sb.AppendFormat("{0}='{1}", column, tokens[0]);
                sb.Append("' or " );
            string exp = sb.ToString();
            return exp.Substring(0, exp.Length - 3);

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