How to use if exists in ORACLE/SQL?

I am trying to execute a query with if exist and it returns an error. Error Report

and the query is
IF Exists(select * from page  WHERE form_id = '255626');

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How can I resolve this?  I am just trying to check whether the records exists or not?

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Haris DulicIT ArchitectCommented:
Where exists in (select * from page  WHERE form_id = '255626')
developer2012Author Commented:
Can you please elobrate it?  I mean where should I put where exists in?

select id from pages
where exists in(select * from pages WHERE form_id = '255626')
Jim HornSQL Server Data DudeCommented:
If you're doing this as a decision structure, then it's IF EXISTS(...).  To demonstrate..
CREATE TABLE page (form_id int) 

INSERT INTO page (form_id) VALUES (1) 

IF EXISTS (SELECT * FROM page WHERE form_id=255626) 
INSERT INTO page (form_id) VALUES (255626) 

IF EXISTS (SELECT * FROM page WHERE form_id=255626) 

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If you're doing it as a query with only one table, then it's WHERE form_id=255626

If you're doing it as a query with multiple tables, spell out all the tables we're talking about.

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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
What product/software are you using?

You mention Oracle/SQL in the title but there is no 'if exists' in Oracle.

From the sample you posted above, Oracle syntax is:
 select id from pages
 where exists (select 1 from pages WHERE form_id = '255626') 

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I hope that is just an example because that query really doesn't make sense.
developer2012Author Commented:
I want to check whether the record exists or not of certain value.

For example there are some values which does not exist in the table then how can I check it?

slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
Connect to the database using sqlplus:
select id from pages WHERE form_id = '255626'

You either get rows or you don't.  If you don't then 255626 doesn't exist.

Other than that, I don't understand the question.

If you want to check in code, what programming language?

We need more information to provide a more exact answer.
developer2012Author Commented:
Well, I am using c# and I would like to check whether the ID '255626' exist or not in the column form ID.
slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
I wish you hadn't accepted this.

First the SQL in the first post, http:#a40368986 isn't even valid Oracle syntax.
The second accepted answer won't work for C#.

Here is how it should be done in C# (ODP.Net example):
OracleCommand cmd = new OracleCommand();
cmd.Connection = conn;
cmd.CommandText = "select count(*) from page  WHERE form_id = :myid and rownum=1";
cmd.CommandType = CommandType.Text;

OracleParameter parm = new OracleParameter();
parm.OracleDbType = OracleDbType.Decimal;
parm.Value = "2556256";

Then to get the value:

This will return either a 0 or 1.
Jim HornSQL Server Data DudeCommented:
In my above comment I neglected to add a disclaimer 'SQL Server, no clue about Oracle...'.

>First the SQL in the first post, http:#a40368986 isn't even valid Oracle syntax.
Not SQL either, as WHERE EXISTS IN isn't valid, it's either WHERE EXISTS(...) or WHERE column_name IN (...)
Jim HornSQL Server Data DudeCommented:
developer2012 - Can you tell us how the first answer solved your question?
Just curious, as it appears that it doesn't work in either Oracle or SQL.
developer2012Author Commented:
Yes, Please close this queston.  Thanks.
slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
>>Yes, Please close this queston.  Thanks.

It is up to you to properly close your questions by accepting the post or posts that provided the answer.

The reason this was re-opened is that one of the posts you selected as an answer wasn't even valid syntax so there was no way it could have helped answer the question.
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