Handling Ampersand on Oracle SQL.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Tags: Ampersand, Oracle, SQL

While working on Oracle SQL statements, if you have text fields containing ampersand / and (&) symbol, you will probably get a pop-up for input screen asking for variables. It is because ampersand works as a variable on the query. What you need to do is:

set define off;

so that ampersand will be considered as a regular symbol in the expersion:

SELECT name FROM table WHERE company = 'Barnes & Noble';

So if you want to work on ampersand as a regular text then adjust define to off.

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