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PRB: Call to SQL Stored Procedure Returns 'Invalid Column Name'

This article was previously published under Q222664
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When calling a SQL Server stored procedure that uses Exec('string') syntax, you may get an error returned to the calling client if you are referencing values using double quotes. The error that is returned to the calling client is:
-2147217900 -- [Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][SQL Server]Invalid
column name 'Column'.
This error is being raised because the SQL Server driver is interpreting the value inside of the double quotes as a column name instead of a field value. The cause of this problem most likely is the SQL Server driver defaulting to setting the QUOTED_IDENTIFIER option to 'on'.
There are three ways to avoid this problem:
  • The best solution to this problem is to substitute two single quotes for each of the double quotes in the stored procedure. This tells SQL Server not to treat these quotes as the ending single quote for the EXEC('') statement. For example, the following code:
       DROP PROC sptest   go    CREATE PROC sptest as    EXEC('SELECT au_id, au_lname,  au_fname = (	CASE		when au_lname = "Ringer" then "value1"		else "default"	END 	) 	FROM Authors')						

    changes to this code:
       DROP PROC sptest   go    CREATE PROC sptest as    EXEC('SELECT au_id, au_lname,  au_fname = (	CASE		when au_lname = ''Ringer'' then ''value1''		else ''default''	END 	) 	FROM Authors')					
  • Execute the connection level option SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER OFF immediately after establishing the connection with the database.
  • If you are using the Microsoft OLEDB Provider for ODBC Drivers, you can add the following to the end of you connection string: 'QuotedID=No'.
  • If you are using a DSN connection to SQL Server you can also set Quoted Identifiers off by deselecting the option 'Use ANSI Quoted Identifiers' in the ODBC Administrator when you are creating or configuring the DSN to SQL Server. This accomplishes the same thing as using the 'QuotedID=No' option in the connection string, as shown in the third work around.
The latter two of these work arounds are demonstrated in the code example in the MORE INFORMATION section.
This behavior is by design.

Steps to Reproduce Behavior

The following code reproduces this problem. This code assumes that you will be using the pubs database that ships with SQL Server. If you are using a different database you will need to make some modifications to the code.
  1. Using the ISQL utility establish a connection to your SQL Server and execute the following stored procedure:
       DROP PROC sptest   go    CREATE PROC sptest as    EXEC('SELECT au_id, au_lname,  au_fname = (	CASE		when au_lname = "Ringer" then "value1"		else "default"	END 	) 	FROM Authors')					
  2. Create a new Visual Basic Standard EXE project and add a command button to the default form.
  3. From the Project menu, choose References and add a reference to the Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects library.
  4. Add the following code to the command button's click event. You may need to alter the connection string to point to your SQL Server. Make sure that you change UID=<username> to an appropriate username that has the permissions to perform the required operations on the specified database.
       Private Sub Command1_Click()       Const CONNECTSTR = "Provider=MSDASQL.1;Persist Security Info=False;" _                     & "Extended Properties=Driver={SQL Server}; " _        & "SERVER=(local);UID=<username>;DATABASE=pubs"       Dim cn As ADODB.Connection    Dim rs As ADODB.Recordset    Dim cmd As ADODB.Command            Set rs = New ADODB.Recordset    Set cn = New ADODB.Connection    With cn        .ConnectionString = CONNECTSTR        .CursorLocation = adUseServer        .Open            End With   ' Uncomment this line to avoid error.   ' cn.Execute "SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER OFF"    Set cmd = New ADODB.Command    With cmd        .CommandText = "sptest"        .CommandType = adCmdStoredProc        .ActiveConnection = cn    End With    Set rs = cmd.Execute        Do Until rs.EOF        sz = ""        For i = 0 To rs.Fields.Count - 1            sz = sz & rs(i).Value & "  |  "        Next i        Debug.Print sz        rs.MoveNext    Loop   End Sub					
  5. Run the code and notice that the error occurs. You can either uncomment the line 'cn.Execute "SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER OFF"' or you can add ';QuotedID=No' to the end of the connection string. Either one of these will help you to avoid this error.
For additional information, see Microsoft SQL Server Books Online

For more information, please see the following article(s) in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
For additional information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
156501 INF: QUOTED_IDENTIFIER and Strings with Single Quotation Marks
135531 PRB: Double Quotation Mark Params Error w/ Quoted Identifiers

Article ID: 222664 - Last Review: 12/05/2015 13:25:57 - Revision: 6.2

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