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A friend of mine asked me: I’m hoping you can help me out with something — I’m trying to optimize a search feature. Since it uses a MySQL database, the search already uses the LIKE statement to get matches for a search query, we might be needing something more flexible. I found mention on MySQL’s website [...]
Sometimes you need to think backwards.
Here was the problem. I needed to match up some IP address ranges to the company that owns them. Looking for a simple solution to the problem I came up with storing the IP address block patterns in the database as follows:
ip_pattern ---------------- 127.%.%.% 192.168.%.% 10.%.%.%
Any idea why I choose
% as the wildcard?
That's right - it's the wildcard operator in SQL for the
So now when I have have an IP address
can do what I like to call a backwards LIKE query:
SELECT company, ip_pattern FROM company_blocks WHERE '192.168.1.1' LIKE ip_pattern
This works on SQL Server and MySQL, and I would think it should work fine on any database server.