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What is wrong with this SOQL ?

  1. SELECT Id, Name, Sales_Group_Code__c FROM Sales_Group__c WHERE Sales_Group_Code__c = Name

  2. SELECT Id, Name, Sales_Group_Code__c FROM Sales_Group__c WHERE Sales_Group_Code__c != Name

This gives results :

SELECT Id, Name, Sales_Group_Code__c FROM Sales_Group__c
  • Do both 1st and 2nd queries are giving same results as you are getting from the last query? – itzmukeshy7 May 9 '17 at 11:56
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    In SF developer console the query 1 & 2 are not valid : "Unknown error parsing query" you can't have a where condition based on field comparaison in SOQL I think... – benahm May 9 '17 at 12:02
  • I am getting "Unknown error parsing query" when running queries 1,2. Is there a workaround to get this query result in developer console ? Will queries 1,2 work in workbench ? – Walker May 9 '17 at 12:04
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    Possible duplicate: salesforce.stackexchange.com/questions/137265/2995. Note that you can just write a checkbox formula to do the comparison, then filter on that instead. – Adrian Larson May 9 '17 at 12:36
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SOQL is a subset of SQL

In the where clause you can only have a fieldName compared to a static value

Please refer to the SOQL documentation fieldExpression Syntax

The field expression syntax of the WHERE clause in a SOQL query consists of a field name, a comparison operator, and a value that’s used to compare with the value in the field name. fieldExpression uses the following syntax:

fieldName comparisonOperator value

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You could add a formula field on the object to mark whether the name and sales code are the same, and then base your query on that.

Otherwise I don't think you can filter in a where clause the way you are trying to do it.

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