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Question asked by MidnightYell2003 Champion on Jan 28, 2019
Latest reply on Jan 29, 2019 by MidnightYell2003

I'm trying to write a simple SQL query that just isn't working. I have two fields in my file geodatabase layer (ArcGIS Pro 2.3) and I want to select the records that match my simple SQL query of:


written out to LEFT(Layer,3) = OWNERSHIP_NUMBER


But I get an error saying that "The SQL expression has invalid syntax".


I must be doing it wrong somewhere but I don't know where. These are both FIELDS and not RECORDS, so that likely makes a difference in how my syntax is supposed to be written.


Looking up this article: SQL reference for query expressions used in ArcGIS—ArcGIS Pro | ArcGIS Desktop 

it says "

String functions can be used to format strings. For instance, the LEFT function would return a certain number of characters starting on the left of the string. In this example, the query would return all states starting with the letter A:




So, it makes me think my syntax is mostly right since both of my fields are strings. Any advice on making my SQL query syntax work?