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Concatenate strings in sql

Article by:  Jeff Anderson  ( 1362 ) (4/8/2003)
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Summary: A brief introduction to concatenating strings in an sql query (using SQL server or access databases).
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Concatenate Strings in SQL

Sometime you may need to add a bit of text to a query result on the fly - as you query, you add the text.

This is called concatenating a string - literally meaning 'sticking together'.

It's really quite easy to do. Let's say we have a record in the products table for 'washing machine' with an product_id of 35. There are 5 of them in the quantity field and the product_price per item is $3.25. Here's the query we could use:

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the recordset set now contains one field called strProductText which contains:

5 washing machines at the price of $3.25.

Outputting to an ASP page

To display the result in an asp page all you need is

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As you can see it can be an effective an quick way of producing a full sentence. Notice we added the 's' after the product name ( you could ensure earlier that it was quantity was <>1 before adding this!) and that we also added the dollar sign in front of the price - all available as part of the returned field in our recordset.

Concatenating in MS ACCESS

The process is almost identical if you're using an Access database - the only difference is you need to use the & sign instead of the + sign.

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