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Extract FirstName and Surname from Name

Posted on 2000-04-11
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Greetings To All
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First my apology - I've asked before, used the answer and now I've
lost it.

I have a field [FirstNameandSurname] in an imported table.

I need to store [FirstName] and [Surname] separately.

Your advice will be saved somewhere safe this time.

Many thanks,

Robinski
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paasky earned 50 total points
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Hello robinski,

UPDATE table1
SET FirstName = Left([FullName],Instr(1,[FullName]," ")-1),
    LastName = Mid([FullName],Instr(1,[FullName]," ")+1);

Regards,
Paasky
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LastName = SurName
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by:arcusd
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are there any characters that separates the two fields (ie. ",") ?
anyway the sql statement may look like this

Update MyTable set FirstName = Mid([FirstNameandSurname],1,8),
LastName = Mid([FirstNameandSurname],9,20)


....this assumes that the first 8 char is the first name and and the
rest is the surname
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by:robinski
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paasky's answer was correct, it worked and it was first.

Many thanks.

robinski
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by:paasky
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Happy to help you robinski.

Best regards,
Paasky
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