I think some people prefer the short names, even on a 'select *...' to be returned because they aren't really sure what the column name is which has the data they want.
For example if the vendor software has 200 columns in the table and you know that one row has '1313 Mockingbird Lane' in it but you don't know the column name you may do a
Select * from address_table
Then look at the column names at the top to see what column name(s) to use in your select clause in your code. I've done that. I understand. Again, I just try to avoid the short names in the code too.

Rob Berendt

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