Thanks Roger, I wondered whether it was the spaces that caused the problem.
Roger Baklund wrote:
> Schalk Neethling wrote:
>> What might be causing the 1064 error in the following query?
>> SELECT mem_number, first_name, last_name, area_represented,
>> joining_points + E-Model Challenge + SA Pro Model + Star Model
>> Challenge + Eastern Cape Classic + SA Model Super Star + KZN Model GP
>> + Mpumalanga GP + Glam Slam Model Challenge + Model Man Woman + SA
>> Look of the Year + SA Face of the Year + KZN Classic + Eastern Cape
>> GP + Western Cape Classic + Free State Classic + North West GP +
>> Northern Province Classic + SA Model Open + Cover Search + Champion
>> of Champions + Northern Cape Classic + Goldfields Model GP + Limpopo
>> Classic + SA Model Portfolio + Top Model Challenge + Gauteng Model
>> Classic + Year of the Model AS total_points
>> FROM modelcup.ab_leader_board
>> All of the rows does exist in the table and all row names are correct.
> "row names" ?
> You seem to be selecting data from a table called ab_leader_board in a
> database called modelcup. Some of the fields/columns in the table
> seems to be mem_number, first_name, last_name, area_represented and
> joining_points, but then it gets unclear... what does the next part
> mean: joining_points + E-Model Challenge +
> MySQL will interpret this as "...joining_points pluss E minus Model AS
> Challenge pluss..." and give a syntax error. (The 'AS' alias keyword
> is optional.)
> You can't use + for concatination, if that is what you are trying to do.
> If you have columns named "E-Model Challenge", "SA Pro Model" and so
> on, and you want to add the numeric value of all these columns into
> one column named "total_points", you must use `backticks` because of
> the spaces in the names:
> joining_points + `E-Model Challenge` + `SA Pro Model` + ...
> <URL: http://dev.mysql.com/doc/mysql/en/legal-names.html >