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SQL syntax for like using another field in another table

Posted on 2015-02-16
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I have two tables.
ChemoDrugList
DrugList
and the only field common between the two will not match precisely, although they have the same naming convention.
Example, where ChemoDrugList might have a drugname like AFINITOR 10MG TAB the DrugList table would have AFINITOR or AFINITOR CHLORIDE. One convention that might be useful is that up the 1st space in either table would be a good place to stop the comparison.

What I need to do is somehow do something that might look like this
SELECT * FROM ChemoDrugList, DrugList
where ??? something here where I can say compare each field up to the space ???
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Question by:ghettocounselor
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by:Nathan Riley
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What field do you join on in both?

Something like this would do it.

select *
from ChemoDrugList cdl, DrugList dl
where cdl.fieldname like '%afinitor%'
and dl.fieldname like '%afinitor%'

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by:ghettocounselor
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drugName is field name

so how do I deal with the fact that the name in the field will one minute be afinitor and the next lidocaine, there are about 5000 records in each table.
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by:Nathan Riley
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I'm not sure what you mean? You didn't say that they fields are changing in the question above, just that they have similar names, but not exact matches.
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Michael Fowler earned 2000 total points
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Use the LIKE predicate
http://www.w3schools.com/sql/sql_like.asp

SELECT *
FROM ChemoDrugList CDL INNER JOIN DrugList DL
ON CDL.drugname LIKE DL.drugname + '%'
Where CDL.drugname = 'lidocaine'
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by:ghettocounselor
ID: 40612969
Looks good, thanks!
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by:ghettocounselor
ID: 40615233
Still having a bit of trouble on this one after digging into it.

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