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I need to be able to remove a trailing period from all values in a column.

Eg.

table company(id, name, address)

some values in the name column are stored with a trailing period, such as 'ACME Inc.' or 'MyCompany Inc.'.

I need to comb through each record and remove the . (period) at the end of the name field.

Any suggestions? This is somewhat urgent, hence the 500 points reward.
Thanks.
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SirParadox earned 1500 total points
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UPDATE company SET Name=CASE WHEN RIGHT(name,1) = '.' THEN LEFT(name, len(name)-1) ELSE Name END
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by:RaisinJ
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UPDATE Company SET Name = Replace(Name,'.','')
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by:RaisinJ
ID: 12310137
SirParadox's suggestion will work but, it assumes that all the '.' your trying to get ride of are at the end of you value in the "name" column...  The "REPLACE" function just simple replaces a character (anywhere in the string) with another character, in this case, Replace "." with ""...
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by:danielvic
ID: 12310139
there could be other periods in the name, but I only want to get the one at the end of the name.

So, I could have A.B.C. and I want to be left with A.B.C

I'll test SirParadox's solution.

thanks.
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by:RaisinJ
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Yup, if you only want to get ride of the end period, use SirParadox's solution...
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by:mastoo
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Minor and probably irrelevant point but if you want to avoid unnecessary updates:

UPDATE company
  SET Name=LEFT(name, len(name)-1)
  WHERE RIGHT(name,1) = '.'
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by:danielvic
ID: 12311426
SirParadox's solution works.

I had to add an RTRIM on the name otherwise the . was not found.

Thanks for all you help!
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