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24.1.5.To find names containing an 'a'
mysql>
mysql>
mysql> CREATE TABLE Employee(
    ->     id            int,
    ->     first_name    VARCHAR(15),
    ->     last_name     VARCHAR(15),
    ->     start_date    DATE,
    ->     end_date      DATE,
    ->     salary        FLOAT(8,2),
    ->     city          VARCHAR(10),
    ->     description   VARCHAR(15)
    -> );
Query OK, rows affected (0.02 sec)

mysql>
mysql>
mysql> insert into Employee(id,first_name, last_name, start_date, end_Date,   salary,  City,       Description)
    ->              values (1,'Jason',    'Martin',  '19960725',  '20060725', 1234.56'Toronto',  'Programmer');
Query OK, row affected (0.00 sec)

mysql>
mysql> insert into Employee(id,first_name, last_name, start_date, end_Date,   salary,  City,       Description)
    ->               values(2,'Alison',   'Mathews',  '19760321', '19860221', 6661.78'Vancouver','Tester');
Query OK, row affected (0.00 sec)

mysql>
mysql> insert into Employee(id,first_name, last_name, start_date, end_Date,   salary,  City,       Description)
    ->               values(3,'James',    'Smith',    '19781212', '19900315', 6544.78'Vancouver','Tester');
Query OK, row affected (0.00 sec)

mysql>
mysql> insert into Employee(id,first_name, last_name, start_date, end_Date,   salary,  City,       Description)
    ->               values(4,'Celia',    'Rice',     '19821024', '19990421', 2344.78'Vancouver','Manager');
Query OK, row affected (0.00 sec)

mysql>
mysql> insert into Employee(id,first_name, last_name, start_date, end_Date,   salary,  City,       Description)
    ->               values(5,'Robert',   'Black',    '19840115', '19980808', 2334.78'Vancouver','Tester');
Query OK, row affected (0.00 sec)

mysql>
mysql> insert into Employee(id,first_name, last_name, start_date, end_Date,   salary,  City,       Description)
    ->               values(6,'Linda',    'Green',    '19870730', '19960104', 4322.78,'New York',  'Tester');
Query OK, row affected (0.00 sec)

mysql>
mysql> insert into Employee(id,first_name, last_name, start_date, end_Date,   salary,  City,       Description)
    ->               values(7,'David',    'Larry',    '19901231', '19980212', 7897.78,'New York',  'Manager');
Query OK, row affected (0.00 sec)

mysql>
mysql> insert into Employee(id,first_name, last_name, start_date, end_Date,   salary,  City,       Description)
    ->               values(8,'James',    'Cat',     '19960917',  '20020415', 1232.78,'Vancouver', 'Tester');
Query OK, row affected (0.00 sec)

mysql>
mysql> select from Employee;
+------+------------+-----------+------------+------------+---------+-----------+-------------+
| id   | first_name | last_name | start_date | end_date   | salary  | city      | description |
+------+------------+-----------+------------+------------+---------+-----------+-------------+
|    | Jason      | Martin    | 1996-07-25 2006-07-25 1234.56 | Toronto   | Programmer  |
|    | Alison     | Mathews   | 1976-03-21 1986-02-21 6661.78 | Vancouver | Tester      |
|    | James      | Smith     | 1978-12-12 1990-03-15 6544.78 | Vancouver | Tester      |
|    | Celia      | Rice      | 1982-10-24 1999-04-21 2344.78 | Vancouver | Manager     |
|    | Robert     | Black     | 1984-01-15 1998-08-08 2334.78 | Vancouver | Tester      |
|    | Linda      | Green     | 1987-07-30 1996-01-04 4322.78 | New York  | Tester      |
|    | David      | Larry     | 1990-12-31 1998-02-12 7897.78 | New York  | Manager     |
|    | James      | Cat       | 1996-09-17 2002-04-15 1232.78 | Vancouver | Tester      |
+------+------------+-----------+------------+------------+---------+-----------+-------------+
rows in set (0.00 sec)

mysql>
mysql>
mysql> SELECT FROM employee WHERE first_name LIKE '%a%';
+------+------------+-----------+------------+------------+---------+-----------+-------------+
| id   | first_name | last_name | start_date | end_date   | salary  | city      | description |
+------+------------+-----------+------------+------------+---------+-----------+-------------+
|    | Jason      | Martin    | 1996-07-25 2006-07-25 1234.56 | Toronto   | Programmer  |
|    | Alison     | Mathews   | 1976-03-21 1986-02-21 6661.78 | Vancouver | Tester      |
|    | James      | Smith     | 1978-12-12 1990-03-15 6544.78 | Vancouver | Tester      |
|    | Celia      | Rice      | 1982-10-24 1999-04-21 2344.78 | Vancouver | Manager     |
|    | Linda      | Green     | 1987-07-30 1996-01-04 4322.78 | New York  | Tester      |
|    | David      | Larry     | 1990-12-31 1998-02-12 7897.78 | New York  | Manager     |
|    | James      | Cat       | 1996-09-17 2002-04-15 1232.78 | Vancouver | Tester      |
+------+------------+-----------+------------+------------+---------+-----------+-------------+
rows in set (0.00 sec)

mysql>
mysql>
mysql>
mysql> drop table Employee;
Query OK, rows affected (0.00 sec)

mysql>
24.1.Introduction
24.1.1.Regular Expressions
24.1.2.Pattern Matching
24.1.3.To find names beginning with 'J'
24.1.4.To find names ending with 'on'
24.1.5.To find names containing an 'a'
24.1.6.To find names containing exactly five characters, use five instances of the '_' pattern character
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