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SQL PUZZLE | Can you rewrite the LIKE using an IN condition? | SQL Interview Question

Here you need go through the sample T-SQL question and provide your answer based on the question asked.

Sample T-SQL

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SELECT * FROM tableName WHERE colName = 10 OR colName = 11


--<strong>The above T-SQL can be rewritten as</strong>


SELECT * FROM tableName WHERE colName IN ( 10 , 11 )

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Question – On the similar lines, you have to tell us how or can you rewrite the below statement using IN clause?

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SELECT * FROM tableName WHERE colName LIKE '10%' OR  colName LIKE '11%'

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Answer

No you cannot convert the LIKE with OR to an IN condition. You can either use CONTAINS(full text) or create a table on the fly to make this happen.

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