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Hello,
I would like to search for
1) words that start with a specific letter/s. For example, if I have record "William" and another "Howard" then I would like only to get William when I search for "w".
2) I have names of people and I would not like to search for the last name.
For example: If I have a record: John Howard and search for 'H' I would not get result, but I would get result if the name were Howard John. The same goes if the person has three names like Ann Pauline James. I would get result if I look for 'P' but not if I look for 'J'.
Can you please help me with this?
Greetings,
johnson1Asked:
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Michael-BestCommented:
Depending on the search engine that you use, can usually define your search by entering the key words  like this :  " ???? " in advanced search options.
Post your search engine for further feedback.
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
Please tell us the table schema of what you are searching, and specifically if the first name-last name are in separate columns, or the same columns, or the same column with a bunch of other text.
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johnson1Author Commented:
I am using sql 2008. The first-last name is in one column (can also be first-middlename-lastname).
In this column there is only the name.

The columns in the table would be like this:   PersonId (int), Fullname(varchar(100)).  Tablename: Person.
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johnson1Author Commented:
Sorry I meant MS SQL 2012.
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
>The first-last name is in one column (can also be first-middlename-lastname).

1)  WHERE LEFT(the_name_column, 1) = 'W' will return any value that begins with a W, and w too assuming the column's collation is set to case insensitive.

2) I don't believe you're going to pull that off, as that ass-u-me's that any middle name is what we consider a middle name.  Jean Claude Van Damme?  The Claude is the middle name, Van is part of the last name, and not the middle name, so good luck with that. Rip Van Winkie?  Geordi La Forge?  Charo?  If you can state with certainty the logic here, spell it out for us, otherwise good luck.
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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
If you're matching only on the leading letter(s) in the first name, you can do this:

--and search for 'H'
WHERE
    Fullname LIKE 'H%'
--better than using a function, such as "LEFT", on the column


The middle name(s) issue is a bit trickier, because we have to make some assumptions.  How about these rules?  An entry with:
a) 1 word only, will be considered a first name;
b) 2 words only, will be considered first and last name;
c) 3+ words: the first will be considered first name, the second the middle name, and the third+ the last name;
would those rule work for you?
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