G-3195: Always use wildcards in a LIKE clause.

Minor

Maintainability

Reason

Using like without at least one wildcard (% or _) is unclear to a maintainer whether a wildcard is forgotten or it is meant as equality test. A common antipattern is also to forget that an underscore is a wildcard, so using like instead of equal can return unwanted rows. If the char datatype is involved, there is also the danger of like not using blank padded comparison where equal will. Depending on use case, you should either remember at least one wildcard or use normal equality operator.

 1 2 3 4 select e.employee_id ,e.last_name from employees e where e.last_name like 'Smith'; 
 1 2 3 4 select e.employee_id ,e.last_name from employees e where e.last_name like 'Smith%'; 
 1 2 3 4 select e.employee_id ,e.last_name from employees e where e.last_name = 'Smith';