left function

how do i do a left function in oracle..
stra='abcderrrrrr'
 left([stra],5) =abcde(I would do it this way in vba but inoracle how do i do it



also how do it do multiple if consitions in oracle..
decode works for 1 or 2 but for 10 it does not..
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ToddBarryCommented:
substr(stra, 1, 5)

If you are on a recent version of Oracle, you can use the CASE statement for multiple conditions.

select case
  when x = 1 then ...
  when user = 'XYZ'  then ...
end
from ...

select case empno
  when 1 then ...
  when 2 then ...
  else
end
from ...
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paquicubaCommented:
Of course decode works for more than 1 or 2 conditions, check this out:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Databases/Oracle/Q_21207130.html


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paquicubaCommented:
SQL> select decode(decode(decode(sysdate,'16-NOV-04','OK','NOT OK'),'OK',SYSDATE,SYSDATE-1),SYSDATE,DUMMY,'Y') FROM DUAL;

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Give me 500 points and I'll nest 20 decodes for you...
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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
>> how do i do a left function in oracle..

Use substring:
  select 'Got it' from dual where  substr('abcdefghijkl',1,5) = 'abcde';

>>also how do it do multiple if consitions in oracle.

Could you provide a little more detail on the specifics of this requirement?
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eileenbanikAuthor Commented:
All the solutions solve the problem,Thanks to all of You. I would max points to everybodys answer thank you
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