How to escape a single quote in SQL Server, with a solution that is also reproducible in MySQL?
For example, let’s try to replace the single quote character with a hat (^) character.
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To escape a single quote in SQL Server, you can use a double single quote (”) to represent a single quote. This is specific to SQL Server.
However, if you want a solution that works in both SQL Server and MySQL, you can use the
SELECT ID, REPLACE(Name, '''', '^') AS EscapedName FROM ExampleTable;
In this query, we use the REPLACE function to replace each single quote (‘) with two single quotes (”).
In SQL Server, escaping a single quote is done by using two consecutive single quotes (”) to represent a single quote within a string.
In MySQL, you can also escape a single quote using the backslash (). However, to create a solution that works in both SQL Server and MySQL, we used the REPLACE function to replace single quotes with double single quotes (”).
This is because REPLACE is supported in both database systems, making the solution portable across different database platforms.