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SQL IN

In SQL, there are two uses of the IN keyword, and this section introduces the one that is related to the WHERE clause. When used in this context, we know exactly the value of the returned values we want to see for at least one of the columns. The syntax for using the IN keyword is as follows:

SELECT "column_name"
FROM "table_name"
WHERE "column_name" IN ('value1', 'value2', ...)

The number of values in the parenthesis can be one or more, with each values separated by comma. Values can be numerical or characters. If there is only one value inside the parenthesis, this commend is equivalent to

WHERE "column_name" = 'value1'

For example, we may wish to select all records for the Los Angeles and the San Diego stores in Table Store_Information,

Table Store_Information
store_name Sales Date
Los Angeles $1500 Jan-05-1999
San Diego $250 Jan-07-1999
San Francisco $300 Jan-08-1999
Boston $700 Jan-08-1999

we key in,

SELECT *
FROM Store_Information
WHERE store_name IN ('Los Angeles', 'San Diego')


Result:
store_name Sales Date
Los Angeles $1500 Jan-05-1999
San Diego $250 Jan-07-1999


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