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Re: SQL Question

From: <nlzanen1_at_EY.NL>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2001 06:30:20 -0700
Message-ID: <F001.0037222B.20010821061702@fatcity.com>

Hi,

How 'bout "not like"

these querries will always use a full tablescan though.

Quicker ways? maybe the oracle context search or something like that anyway, but I've never used it.

Jack

                                                                                       
                          
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Greetings!

I don't see a lot of general sql questions on this list, so if this is the wrong place to post this sort of thing, just let me know! This will hopefully seem like a simple question, but I am a relative novice in sql programming!

Here is the (simplified) scenario with three tables:

biblio table
id integer
isbn varchar2
title varchar2

subject table (0 or many per id)
id integer (fk biblio.id)
subject varchar2

keyword table (0 or many per id)
id integer (fk biblio.id)
keyword varchar2

I wish to find all the id's that contain a given word in any of the varchar fields. My approach has been something like:

select id from biblio
where title like '%word%'
union
select id from subject
where subject like '%word%'
union
select id from keyword
where keyword like '%word%'

First question: do you think this is a good way to do it? Is there a better way?
Second question, how do I do a negative search, that is, find all the id's that DO NOT contain a given word in any of the varchar fields. Using an approach similar to the previous sql (using intersect instead of union) does
not work, since there may be biblio records that do not have corresponding subject or keyword records.

Perhaps there is not a simple query that will do the trick and I should be using a stored procedure?

Thanks in advance for any advice!!!!
Bill

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