Wildcard In The WHERE Clause

Jan 28, 2007


I'm trying to pull some data from a table with the option to filter on 2 columns.

I've set up my sql statement to accept 2 parameters and I'd like to be able to send 1 or 2 wildcards if needed. My statement looks like this:SELECT *
FROM City WHERE CityName= @CityName AND State= @State

For example, if you wanted all of the cities in all of the states I would pass (*,*) as parameters.

Or if I wanted to see all of the states that have a city named Richmond, I'd pass (Richmond,*) as the parameters.

The wildcards are not returning anything and I don't know why. It works fine if I pass something like (Indianapolis,Indiana) as parameters so I think it's in my use of the wildcards that is wrong.


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Dec 30, 2006

I am trying to control how users view records.  I want to create a solution that would, for instance permit:user A to view Store 1user B to view store 2 and store 3user C to view store 5 and store 6and User D to view all stores even if more stores were added in the future (in other words user D would have access to all records)
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Please help.

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For Example,

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Assume that Table name is "EmployeeData", with "ID", "Name" and "Birthdate" as Fields.

ID Name Birthdate




The code I use is listed as follows:

Imports System.Data.OleDb

Imports System.Data
Public Class Form1

Private m_sConn1 As String = "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;" & _

"Data Source=C:ExcelData1.xls;" & _

"Extended Properties=""Excel 8.0;HDR=YES"""

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I substituted:
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