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The ? wildcard in combination with *

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The ? wildcard character in combination with *

Create a customer list using ? and * to create intricate search patterns 


The ? character matches any single character.  Though not used as much as the *, it can still make the difference and enable us to get exactly the results we want in certain cases. Usually we use it in combination with other wildcard characters. For instance, let us say we want to find names starting with "Da", have any character after the "Da" pattern, and the next letter is "e" followed by any number of characters.  That is "Da?e*".  This will give us results such as Darec, Datek, Dale, and Daleney.    



FROM customers

WHERE ((lastname) Like "Da?e*")