Posted on 2011-03-10
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I'm getting: "Syntax error in UPDATE statement" in Access 2007 for the following:

DoCmd.RunSQL "UPDATE TOP(1) [Team 01] SET FirstName = 'Carl', LastName = 'Crawford', Rank = 3, Pos1 = 'OF', Pos2 = '', Pos3 = '' WHERE Position = 'OF'"

The following works but updates too many records:

DoCmd.RunSQL "UPDATE [Team 01] SET FirstName = 'Carl', LastName = 'Crawford', Rank = 3, Pos1 = 'OF', Pos2 = '', Pos3 = '' WHERE Position = 'OF'"

[Team 01] has multiple (3) records where Position = 'OF'.  The second statement above updates all 3 records.   I only want to updated one of those records when Carl Crawford is selected.
Question by:CMCONE
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by:Paul Jackson
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If you only want to update the carl crawford record why are you not including that in the where clause:
DoCmd.RunSQL "UPDATE [Team 01] SET FirstName = 'Carl', LastName = 'Crawford', Rank = 3, Pos1 = 'OF', Pos2 = '', Pos3 = '' WHERE FirstName = 'Carl' AND LastName = 'Crawford' AND Position = 'OF'"

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by:Anthony Perkins
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>>Zone: MS SQL Server<<
If you are using MS Access than you had best post in that zone.  MS Access uses a different SQL dialect.

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infochip earned 2000 total points
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I believe on sql server Transact Sql allows the TOP command in non-select statements.  standard sql does not.  You have to do something like this

SQL = "delete T1 from "
SQL = SQL & " (Select top " & NumberToDelete & " * from qryParserEmaildateAscending where " & sqlCondition & ") T1"

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