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SQL: Visual QuickStart Guide by Chris Fehily

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Matching Patterns with LIKE

The preceding examples retrieved rows based on the exact value of a column or columns. You can use LIKE to retrieve rows based on partial information. LIKE is useful if you don’t know an exact value (“The author’s last name is Kel-something”) or you want to retrieve rows with similar values (“Which authors live in the San Francisco Bay area?”). The LIKE condition’s important characteristics are:

  • LIKE works with only character strings, not numbers or datetimes.

  • LIKE uses a pattern that values are matched against. A pattern is a quoted string that contains the literal characters to match and any combination of wildcards. Wildcards are special characters used to match parts of a value. Table 4.7 lists the wildcard operators, ...

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