Its something that is very easy to do in SQL Server, to output two columns of the same type (nvarchar) as a single column (for example joining firstnames and lastname columns into a single displayname field)

SELECT firstnames + ‘ ‘ + lastname AS displayname FROM table

the problem is, in MySQL, you cant do this. You can however join fields using the CONCAT command

SELECT CONCAT(firstnames, ‘ ‘, lastname) AS displayname FROM table

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