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How do I use LIKE in a sql SELECT statement.

The LIKE command allows "Wild cards". A % may be used to match and string, _ will match any single character.

The example shows countries begining with Z. The country Zambia matches because ambia matches with the %.

CREATE TABLE bbc (name VARCHAR(10), region VARCHAR(10));
INSERT INTO bbc VALUES ('Poland', 'Europe');
INSERT INTO bbc VALUES ('Zambia', 'Africa');
SELECT name FROM bbc
WHERE name LIKE 'Z*'
SELECT name FROM bbc
WHERE name LIKE 'Z%'
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