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Thread: Column name in Variable for select list

  1. #1
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    Column name in Variable for select list

    I am dynamically trying to pass a particular column name to the select list of a select statement.

    that is

    @var = 'Col1'

    so I need the following query

    select col1 from tbl1

    I will not know the column name is 'Col1' but the value will be in @var. How can I use it?

    By the way I am using SQL Server 2000

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    You should build your SELECT statement in a variable like

    declare @cmdstr varchar(100)

    set @cmdstr = 'select ' + @var + ' from table1'

    exec (@cmdstr)

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