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From: Nicola Musatti (Nicola.Musatti_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-10-07 09:51:28

Peter Dimov wrote:
> Nicola Musatti wrote:
>> On the other hand if I'm using a dynamic representation that only
>> relies
>> on a limited subset of the fields involved in the query I'd use '*' so
>> as to limit the conditions that could break my code. In similar cases
>> I wouldn't rely on field order but rather on matching by name.
> Why not simply select the limited subset on which you rely?

You're right. Actually the only case where it's meaningful to use
'select *' is when you don't know which columns you're looking for or
you don't care. That is, you're either exploring the data or writing a
context independent tool.

Nicola Musatti

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