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Dynamic column selection in prepared statement?

Phil Chuang
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Say I have two tables:
user_field_data, containing user_id, field_1, field_2, field_...
user_field_meta, containing field_id, field_title
So whatever has a field_id of 1 in the meta table corresponds to the field_1 column in the data table.
If I was building the query in java, it'd be something like...

My question is, is there a way to do this in one SQL SELECT statement? Ie, have sql dynamically build a column name?
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Phil Chuang
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let's assume that there is a fictional (but functional!) method/class called fieldIdLookupQuery.findIdForField (String) that gets the id from the database.
Wayne L Johnson
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I don't believe that you can do this with a prepared statement. The table names and column names can't be parameters. If you think about it, the purpose of using prepared statements is to create a pre-compiled SQL once that can be used many time. If you used a table name or column name in the SQL, the database engine would have to validate the SQL every time you use it to make sure the table and/or column name is valid. And that's essentially what happens when you use a statement.
So you have a couple of choices. Option 1: use a (regular) statement

Option 2: use a prepared statement

In the second example the query returns every column, but you pull out only the one you want.
[ March 29, 2004: Message edited by: Wayne L Johnson ]
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