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Concatenate string in a stored procedures

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I need to utilize a concatenate string in a stored procedure.  I have a module in dnn (DotNetNuke) called Enterprise Forms.  It allows me to utilize databinding within a field of a form.  There is a field element option called ‘selectlist’.  This allows me to have a drop down list with a series of options within in it.  With the databinding feature I can have it reference a sql table for the options to be displayed in the ‘selectlist’ element.  The only problem is that the table that I’m referencing has two columns that I need to display in the ‘selectlist’ element.  The developer told me that I can use a concatenate stored procedure to display two columns in one display.  If possible, someone please send me an example.  The table is called 'Products'.    
 
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If both your columns are non numeric, then you just need the + sign...
  SELECT COL1+COL2 AS NEWNAME FROM PRODUCTS

If either of the columns are numeric - then you need to change them using CAST
  SELECT CAST(COL1 AS VARCHAR(10))+COL2 AS NEWNAME FROM PRODUCTS

However in SQL concatenation can default to a varchar(8000) column - which is resource heaver. To avoid this - wrap the whole concatenation in a cast (to be on the safe side).

Here are some examples

  SELECT cast(COL1+COL2 as varchar(50)) AS NEWNAME FROM PRODUCTS


 SELECT cast(CAST(COL1 AS VARCHAR(10))+COL2 as varchar(50)) AS NEWNAME FROM PRODUCTS

 SELECT cast(CAST(COL1 AS VARCHAR(10))+CAST(COL2 AS VARCHAR(10))as varchar(50)) AS NEWNAME FROM PRODUCTS



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I used the below syntax.

SELECT Column1 + ' ' + Column2 as "Results"
FROM Table 1

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