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String size in Excel VBA

Posted on 2015-01-04
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Last Modified: 2015-01-06
I have a string that contains a long SQL structure for retrieving data from SQL Server. Is there a work around solution to have longer string size to contain this long statement ?

Question by:AXISHK
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MacroShadow earned 800 total points
ID: 40530985
Use line continuations to split your statement into multiple lines. i.e.
strSQL = "Use line continuations" _
         & "to split your statement" _
         & "into multiple lines"

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Author Comment

ID: 40530999
Seem like there is a size limitation in string strSQL, correct ?
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Expert Comment

ID: 40531002
About 2 billion characters. I seriously doubt you're even close to that limit.
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Assisted Solution

aikimark earned 1200 total points
ID: 40531565
There is a limit on the number of lines that can be continued

You may have to use string concatenation.
strSQL = "Select * "
strSQL = strSQL & "From mytable "
strSQL = strSQL & "Where fieldname = 42"

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You could also read the SQL string from a file source.

Are you trying to store the SQL in an Excel cell?

Author Comment

ID: 40532550
The SQL statement is coded in a VBA. Any better way to handle this ?

For string size, it is not limited to 255 chars, correct ?

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Expert Comment

ID: 40532906
Coding the string in VBA is fine as long as the lines are not too long (use line continuations or string concatenation).
String size isn't limited to 255 chars.

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