adding comments to a sql statement

2019-06-12

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There are two ways to add a comment to a SQL query - using /* */ and --. The differences are as follows:

With a comment surrounded by /* and */, the comment can span multiple lines. That is not the case for the two-hyphen approach where each new line would require a repeat of the hyphens.

In both cases, however, there is no need for a space between the asterisk and the first/last character.

Example:

select * from my_table /*Select every field from my_table*/
where
  last_name = 'jones' /* for people with
                      the last name jones */
  and age > 30 -- where they are greater than 30 years of age
               --but not 30 years

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