As an aside (yes, I know the SQL is missing a FROM
clause) that particular SQL statement is not really that
long. Once you start programming a bit more, SQL
statements 10x as long as that can become the norm. I highly
recommend you start developing a better style to handle
the SQL (for aesthetic, as well as other reasons). Try
putting the SQL in a variable and then stick that
variable into the prepare, like this:
my $CONTACT_SQL = "
SELECT C.forename, C.surname, B.occupation, A.position, C.city,
C.country AS forename, surname, occupation, position, city, cou
FROM ACN A, BUSINESS B, CONTACTS C
AND forename LIKE ?
AND surname LIKE ?
AND occupation LIKE ?
AND position LIKE ?
AND city LIKE ?
AND country LIKE ?";
my $sthQuery = $dbh->prepare($CONTACT_SQL)
or die "Couldn't prepare query: $DBI::errstr";