Interesting idea.. Documentation :
Hi I am wondering how to write an SQL statement for SQL Server 2008 that Selects entry’s where a column contains a value, now the value within the column is a comma delimited list (usually – there could only be one entry (and no leading comma)) so what In checking for is “is this value contained somewhere within the list?”, for instance:
COLUMN = Cat, Dog, Sparrow, Trout, Cow, Seahorse Does COLUMN contain Cat? YES Does COLUMN contain horse? NO Does COLUMN contain Sheep? NO
COLUMN = Mouse Does COLUMN contain Hare? NO Does COLUMN contain Mouse? YES
I was thinking I could use the ‘IN’ keyword as such
SELECT id_column FROM table_name WHERE 'Cat' IN COLUMN
but this does not work as it seems that you can only use that to check if a column contains one of a series of comma delimited values.
I also cannot use CONTAINS() OR ‘LIKE’ as this, in the above example would return values for ‘horse’ as the whole string contains horse in ‘Seahorse’, and I can’t search for the needle plus a comma (if I’m looking for ‘horse’ the search would be ‘horse,’) as what if the entry is at the end of a the list? And I can’t search for a comma plus a needle (if I’m looking for ‘horse’ the search would be ‘,horse’) as what if the entry is the first in the list? And I can’t use both as what if the entry is the only (single) entry?
>>>>>>>>>> Answer >>>>>>>>>
There is one tricky scenario. If I am looking for ’40’ in the list ‘17,34,400,12’ then it would find “,40” and return that incorrect entry. This takes care of all solutions:
WHERE (',' + RTRIM(MyColumn) + ',') LIKE '%,' + @search + ',%'