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Language: SQL Server
Expertise: Beginner
Jul 15, 1999

Searching for matching strings

Question:
I have a simple query using an SQL statement for returning matching records from an IIS Web server using ASP. I need a new query which returns a match on a search string which occurs anywhere in the searched field. In other words a search for "fox" would match for a field containing "The quick brown fox jumped...." In FoxPro I use the AT() command to do this. If this type of query is possible using SQL commands how is this done, or if not possible what is the simplest alternate solution?

Answer:
There is no AT command in SQL Server, but there is PATINDEX and CHARINDEX. From BOL;

The CHARINDEX and PATINDEX functions return the starting position of a pattern you specify. PATINDEX can use wildcard characters while CHARINDEX cannot.

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