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Inserting value that includes single quotes

How can I INSERT a row in table from a frontend application developed in VB.net and from SQL*Plus, where one of field values includes single quotes (' ')? My query is
INSERT INTO abc VALUES
(
1,
'Write 'C' Program to add two Number'
);
Fields in relation:
a number;
b varchar(30);
Problem: While inserting the string in Column b, Oracle Echoes the following message:
'write 'C' program',
        *
ERROR at line 4:
ORA-00917: missing comma
How can I insert such a value?

Inserting the single quote can be done in two ways.

1) Using extra quotes to insert "C with single quotes around it"

2) To use the function to get the character from its corresponding ASCII value, for single quotes it is 39.

I will provide both examples for you.

1)  INSERT INTO abc VALUES
  ( 1, 'Write "C" Program to add two Number');

2) INSERT INTO abc VALUES
    (1, 'Write ' || CHR(39) || 'C' || CHR(39) || ' Program to add two Number');


This was first published in July 2004

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