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remove numbers in a sql string

Posted on 2004-10-19
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I have a field from where I want to remove the numbers.
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12 Me me
125 just think
56 again
I doesn't have a pattern. Should I use PATINDEX or CHARINDEX?
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Question by:Ilianam
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Hi Ilianam,

A simple loop might do what you want, this will remove numbers 0 to 9:

--start code
DECLARE @i INT
SET @i = 0
WHILE @i < 10
BEGIN
      UPDATE <your table name> SET <you column name> = REPLACE(col1,@i,'')
      SET @i = @i+1
END
--end code
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by:Ilianam
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I think in that case I will need a cursor in order to navigate through the whole table. Is that true?
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by:RaisinJ
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No, your will not need a cursor, mcmonap's code above will update the netire column.  It'll just simply replace any intergers, 0-9 with ''.  If they do not exist in a certain record, nothing will take place.
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by:RaisinJ
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If you need to update mutiple columns, you can include that in the one update statement.  e.i.:

UPDATE <your table name> SET <col1> = REPLACE(col1,@i,''), <col2> = REPLACE(col2,@i,''), <col3> = REPLACE(col3,@i,'')
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