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Retrieve records based on first letter of field

     

andrewshim

7:26 am on Feb 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Hi... I have a table of Kids Church songs containing approximately 200 songs. I'd like to be able to retrieve records alphabetically using the first letter of the songTitle, based on the alphabet in the URL string...

Example : www[dot]examplesite[dot]com/song.php?songIndex=A

I can't seem to get the Select statement correct.

Select * from table where substring(songTitle, 1, 0) = $songIndex order by songTitle


I'm sure it's wrong, but can someone help please?

penders

8:39 am on Feb 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Try:
SUBSTRING(songTitle,1,1)

A length of 0 will return an empty string.

Or perhaps try:
... WHERE songTitle LIKE '$songIndex%' ...

andrewshim

9:37 am on Feb 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Tried both. Both return empty space where the list is supposed to appear.

andrewshim

9:55 am on Feb 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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No wait...

WHERE songTitle LIKE '$songIndex%'

works!

Small typo screwed it all up!

Thanks penders!