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HOWTO: Use ADO to Query a Table with a Space in Its Name

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ADO allows you to query a table based solely on its name. If just a tablename is specified, ADO prepends select * from and executes that query.If the table you want to query is an Access table with a space in its name,you need to place square brackets around the table's name.
If you want to query the Order Details table in the Access Northwind(NWind.MDB) database that ships with many products using ADO, you need touse code like the following:
   rsOrderDetails.Open "[Order Details]", cnNWind, adOpenStatic, _                   adLockReadOnly, adCmdTable				
You can also use the back quote if you need to use the table name withspaces. For example:
   select * from `Order Details`.				
NOTE: You can only use the back quote in Access. A standard quote will not work.

This information also applies when using the ADO Data Control that shipswith Visual Basic 6.0.

SQL Server 7.0 does support columns names with spaces.
       table1 -------- table name       ff cc  -------- column name       char(10)-------- column type				
In ISQL ( aka query analyzer) you can use select [ff cc] from table1
        insert will occur via        insert into table1([ff cc]) VALUES('xx')				
If you execute the statement
        set quoted_identifier on 				
You can use
        select 'ff cc' from table1				
You can create a table that have column names with spaces like:
        create table table1([col1 xx] integer)				
A standard quote will not work. Back quotes do not currently work with back end as SQL Server 7.0.

Article ID: 189683 - Last Review: 02/21/2014 00:29:34 - Revision: 1.3

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