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Handle " character in query statement string in C#

Posted on 2011-02-15
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I have a problem to compose a query statement in C# with the record starting with " character.
I want to select a record which does not contain character double quote ".
e.g. select name from mytable where name is not null and name not like '"%'

In C#, When I
string sqlstring = "  select name from mytable where name is not null and name not like '"%'  ";
it looks like '"%'  is not right. ???
Thanks.
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You need to "escape" your quotation mark within the query:
string sqlstring = "  select name from mytable where name is not null and name not like '\"%'  ";

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Thanks a lot. I had put the back slash in a wrong place before.
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NP. Glad to help.

Alternative to the above, you can turn your string into a "raw" string, where backslash is just a backslash, by prefixing the string with an @ symbol. You would then escape your double-quotes with double-quotes themselves (a-la VB). Backslashes would not escape anything--even \n or \r.
string sqlstring = @"  select name from mytable where name is not null and name not like '""%'  ";

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