Select Text fields: Case-insensitive

Searching for strings (parts or with pattern) is cumbersome if the table field isn't defined as case-insensitive.


Search all requests in "E07T" where "AS4TEXT" contains "Sales."

With a normal SELECT * FROM E070T WHERE AS4TEXT LIKE gv_text" values like SALES or sales will not be found.

By using EXEC-SQL, there's a way to do this selection Case-insensitive:

  gt_e07t       TYPE TABLE OF e07t WITH HEADER LINE,

PARAMETERS p_text TYPE rzielort.

*** Selection by Request text
*** Native SQL needed since as4text is case sensitive but we
*** want to search case-insensitive
gv_reqtxt = p_text.
CONCATENATE '%' gv_reqtxt '%' INTO gv_reqtxt.
*** Change SAP-wildcards to DB-wildcards TRANSLATE gv_reqtxt USING '*%'.
TRANSLATE gv_reqtxt USING '+_'.
  SELECT * FROM e07t INTO :gt_e07t
      WHERE upper(as4text) LIKE :gv_reqtxt ENDEXEC.
DESCRIBE TABLE gt_e07t LINES sy-dbcnt.
CHECK sy-dbcnt GT 0.

LOOP AT gt_e07t.
  WRITE: / gt_e07t-trkorr, gt_e07t-as4text.

*&      Form  append_e07t
*         text
FORM append_e07t.
  APPEND gt_e07t.
ENDFORM.                    "append_e07t

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This was first published in July 2008

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