Syntax Error in WHERE clause?

Posted on 2012-03-19
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Last Modified: 2012-03-19

We're creating a web application with VS 2010 using Visual Basic.

We'd like to update an access database table using OldeDb...

For some reason, when we run the code, the program hanged and a message: "syntax error in WHERE clause".

We've checked again and again the statement string but could not find any error. It's likely that we missed something.

Would you help to look into the code and tell us what's wrong.

Thanks a lot,



 ' Set up the connection to connect to the ACCESS database
       adbProvider = "Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;"
       adbDataSource = "Data Source =

       Dim adbConnectionStr As String
       adbConnectionStr = adbProvider & adbDataSource
       adbConnection.ConnectionString = adbConnectionStr

       Dim adbOrderID As String
       Dim adbAmount As Double
       Dim adbTax As Double

       Dim adbCmdStr As String

       adbOrderID = TextBox1.Text.ToString()
       adbAmount = Convert.ToDouble(TextBox2.Text.ToString())
       adbTax = Convert.ToDouble(TextBox3.Text.ToString())


       adbCmdStr = "UPDATE vb_access_db3_tb2 SET Amount = " &
adbAmount & ", Tax = " & adbTax & " WHERE Order ID = '" & adbOrderID &


       adbCommand = New OleDbCommand(adbCmdStr, adbConnection)


       Catch ex As Exception
       End Try

Question by:somits
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Expert Comment

by:Bill Ross
ID: 37737236

This string

" WHERE Order ID = '" & adbOrderID &

imples that the OrderID is a text value.  Try

" WHERE Order ID = " & adbOrderID & ";"


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Accepted Solution

mbizup earned 1000 total points
ID: 37737241
Use Brackets around Order ID if there is a space in the fieldname:

adbCmdStr = "UPDATE vb_access_db3_tb2 SET Amount = " _
   &  adbAmount & ", Tax = " & adbTax _
   & " WHERE [Order ID] = '" & adbOrderID & "'"

Also, if Order ID is numeric, use this syntax instead:

adbCmdStr = "UPDATE vb_access_db3_tb2 SET Amount = " _
   &  adbAmount & ", Tax = " & adbTax _
   & " WHERE [Order ID] = " & adbOrderID

(Note that the brackets are not needed if you avoid spaces in your field naming conventions, but they are needed if you have spaces/special characters)

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sachinpatil10d earned 600 total points
ID: 37737242
Try this

adbCmdStr = "UPDATE vb_access_db3_tb2 SET Amount = " & adbAmount & ", Tax = " & adbTax & " WHERE [Order ID] = '" & adbOrderID

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Expert Comment

ID: 37737256
Try following this method

adbCmdStr = String.Format("UPDATE vb_access_db3_tb2 SET Amount ={0} , Tax ={1}, WHERE [Order ID] = '{2}'", adbAmount, adbTax, adbOrderID)

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Expert Comment

by:Gustav Brock
ID: 37737343
I suspect amount to be a decimal, thus you may need:

SET Amount = " & Str(adbAmount) & ", Tax

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Assisted Solution

by:Rose Babu
Rose Babu earned 400 total points
ID: 37737344

enclose all the values with single quote as SET Field = 'value'
and enclose where clause field Order ID with square brackets as [Order ID]. because Order ID field has a space.
Dim adbCmdStr = "UPDATE vb_access_db3_tb2 SET " & _
                "Amount = '" & adbAmount & "', " & _
	        "Tax = '" & adbTax & "' " & _
	        "WHERE [Order ID] = '" & adbOrderID & "' "

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Test this line of code. Hope It will work.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 37737505
Thanks so much for all your help.
We need [ ] around "Order ID". It works.

Really appreciated.


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