tdjfdjdj tdjfdjdj - 1 year ago 47
SQL Question

ms access - data vanishes when i remove criteria and query the table

I want to select two records with an id of 1 and 2. Both appear via SQL query if I hard code it in the criteria column. However when I remove criteria and select the same data in SQL using a WHERE clause, only 1 record appears. What happened to the other record? All filters are off.



Criteria: 1 or 2


select * from mytable where or 2
//2 records appear. Success.

DOESNT WORK <--but I need to code it this way.


No Criteria:


select * from mytable where or 2
//only record 1 appears. Failure.

Why is the 2nd record not appearing?

Answer Source

The problem here is when you build a query using the query builder as you point out a simple condition such as this works just fine:

1 or 2

So if you type above into query builder, you see this and it does work:

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However, if you flip into SQL view, you will see that Access actually writes out that you MUST include the column name.

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Eg you need this:

[id] = 1 or [id] = 2

So you have to include the column name. And if you flip the query builder into SQL view mode, you will see access wrote this for you:

So, for such conditions you write by hand, or in code, you need to include the column name. You also I suppose could write this:

[id] in (1,2)