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My where clause doesn't return the values from the database. This is how I'm trying to call the values:
WHERE REPORT_MONTH = '%" & Request.Form("MyReport_Month") & "%' AND REPORT_YEAR = '%" & Request.Form("MyReport_Year") & "%'
What am I doning wrong?
Thanks for your help
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WHERE REPORT_MONTH LIKE '%" & Request.Form("MyReport_Month") & "%' AND REPORT_YEAR LIKE '%" & Request.Form("MyReport_Year") & "%'
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"WHERE REPORT_MONTH = '" & Request.Form("MyReport_Month") & "' AND REPORT_YEAR = '" & Request.Form("MyReport_Year") & "'
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So it should be something like this -

SELECT * FROM suppliers WHERE supplier_name like '%IBM%';


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by:Lee W, MVP
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To clarify so that perhaps in the future you don't have this problem, you only use % when using LIKE, not =.

Assume for the moment "MyReport_Month" = 11

Your code ends up saying:
WHERE REPORT_MONTH = '%11%'
If the field is not exactly, character for character '%11%' it won't find anything.

If you used LIKE instead of =, then you would get hits (but it would potentially return incorrect data - for example, if someone said the month was 1 as in January, then your query using LIKE would return data for January, October, November, and December since all those months have a 1 in them (unless you forced the search to look for 01).

So the correct solution should be rick_gwu's which removes the % signs.

However, if you're using a field where the data is ALWAYS a month number, then that field would likely be better as a numeric field and wouldn't require ' characters to denote text and you wouldn't use "%" signs at all - you would use standard math signs.
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Thank you, it's working now.
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I'm sorry leew, I awarded the points before I read your reply. This is how I called the value:
" & Request.Form("MyReport_Year") & "
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by:baxtalo
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Thank you everyone, I learnt a lot.
Leew, thank you for the detailed explanation.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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No problem, just try to understand what you did/what I said so this isn't an issue for you in the future.  I thought the previous posters did a poor job (well, didn't at all) explain what they did to correct your problem in which case, how could you learn?
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