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I have the following values stored in a comma delimited list... for example

list: 13,14,16,18

there is a url variable #fc# that i need to find in the database field containing this list (named teams_selected).  I tried to write a query to do as described but it doesn't seem to be working.

<cfquery>select * from teams_schedule_new where '#fc#' in (teams_selected) order by id desc</cfquery>

Your help is appreciated.
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by:Jones911
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what is teams_selected ?
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by:Eduski
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it is the database field that contains the list of comma separated items

value is "13,14,16,18"
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is fc a integer?
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by:Eduski
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doesn't have to be.  the query as written just returns no records if i test it
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by:Arthur_Wood
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The problem is that the variable "teams_selected" is a string, NOT a comma delimited list of integers.  In order to use the IN construct, you need a COMMA DELIMITED list of values - you need to break the variable teams_selected into its set of separate values, as a collection (the separate values 13, 14, 16 and 18 as individual values.

check out

http://www.sqlbook.com/SQL/Parse-a-comma-delimited-list-8.aspx

which does precisely what you need.

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by:Jones911
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Author states teams_selected is a list.

Author is teams_seletced meant to be in ## so as to be evaluated as a variable?
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by:Arthur_Wood
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you can also use BING, and query on

sql parse comma delimited string

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Arthur is right.  teams_selected is right now a string, which is where I was going wrong.  Since I can't understand the link Arthur posted, can someone tell me how to convert the string value to a list so I can properly search it?
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Sample code is appreciated, I'm not good at SQL.
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select * from teams_schedule_new where teams_selected like '%,#fc#,%' order by id desc

should do the same thing
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by:Eduski
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yeah but the last number isn't followed by a comma
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and the first isn't preceeded by a comma either
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select *
from teams_schedule_new
where teams_selected like '%,#fc#,%'
or ','+teams_selected like '%,#fc#,%'
or teams_selected+',' like '%,#fc#,%'
order by id desc
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by:Eduski
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your last suggestion eliminates records where '13' is the only entry without commas.
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select *
from teams_schedule_new
where teams_selected like '%,#fc#,%'
or ','+teams_selected like '%,#fc#,%'
or teams_selected+',' like '%,#fc#,%'
or eams_selected = '#fc#'
order by id desc
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eams_selected  in the 2nd last line needs to be teams_selected
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by:Eduski
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its not pretty but it works, thanks.
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by:Jones911
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Yeah.  Gotta do what you gotta do when the database is not designed right though :)  Glad it worked.
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