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Language: Enterprise, Web
Expertise: All
Jun 25, 1999

Beware of Single Quotes When Working With SQL

When concatenating a SQL statement such as INSERT, you may have trouble if your field value contains an apostrophe (') such as in "Commedia Dell'Arte." SQL thinks the apostrophe is a delimiter for the string. You can avoid the problem by using the VBScript Replace() function to clean up the string. For example, this code replaces all single apostrophes with two apostrophes:

 
sText="Commedia Dell'Arte"
sText = Replace(sText, "'", "''")

Then use sText to concatentate your SQL statement, instead of the single apostrophe version.

Ken Cox
 
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