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January 7th, 2014, 02:36 PM #1HardDisk Guest
Split string in SQL - Pick the first substring
Using SQL Server 2005, how do I split a string so I can access first sub string?
For example, take the string "This is a Cat". How can I split the string by a space and access the item at index 1 which should return "This"?
May be we can split in an array ?
I am thinking in C# mode
January 7th, 2014, 02:40 PM #2Chand Guest
I don't believe SQL Server has a built-in split function, so other than a UDF, the only other answer I know is to use the PARSENAME function:
SELECT PARSENAME(REPLACE('This is a cat', ' ', '.'), 2)
PARSENAME takes a string and splits it on the period character. It takes a number as it's second argument, and that number specifies which segment of the string to return (working from back to front).
SELECT PARSENAME(REPLACE('This is a cat', ' ', '.'), 3) --return Hello
But there is a limitation. It won't work if you have period (.) in string
January 7th, 2014, 02:41 PM #3Chand Guest
You may find the solution in SQL User Defined Function to Parse a Delimited String helpful (from The Code Project).
It is a long read but I am sure you will find it helpful.