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Sorting when using SELECT statement

Discussion in 'PHP' started by jarvi, Oct 30, 2004.

  1. #1
    I use something like the following to just return the records where my_field starts with the letter A.

    $result = mysql_query('SELECT * FROM my_table WHERE my_field LIKE "A%" ORDER BY my_field');
    PHP:
    This works fine for all the letters in the alphabet but how do I do a catch all for all the others? Surely there is a better way than doing a "not like" for each of the letters of the alphabet.
    SEMrush
    Thanks,
     
    jarvi, Oct 30, 2004 IP
    SEMrush
  2. mudnik

    mudnik Peon

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    Hi Jarvi,
    what is the output that you want exactly? Not sure what you mean by catch all. You can try using a sub-querry,
     
    mudnik, Oct 30, 2004 IP
  3. jarvi

    jarvi Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, by catch all I mean anything in my_field that doesn't start with a letter of the alphabet. That is anything except A-Z, so, things such as numbers and punctuation.
     
    jarvi, Oct 30, 2004 IP
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    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    If you wanted all the others, wouldn't it just be a NOT LIKE 'A%'?
     
    digitalpoint, Oct 30, 2004 IP
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    jarvi Well-Known Member

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    What I'm trying to avoid is having to put NOT LIKE "A%" and NOT LIKE "B%" AND NOT LIKE "C%" etc for all the letters of the alphabet. I guess I'm looking hoping there is someway to specify all the letters of the alphabet without having to put them all in the SELECT statement.
     
    jarvi, Oct 31, 2004 IP
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    You can try

    WHERE (my_field < "A") OR ((my_field > "Z") AND (my_field < "a")) OR (my_field > "z")
     
    draculus, Oct 31, 2004 IP
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    hmmm..did the solution by draculus worked? It looked ok to me..

    Would something like this work? NOT LIKE ('[a-z]%')
    Can't remember already..
     
    mudnik, Nov 2, 2004 IP