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How to pull multiple values from a single cell

Last Modified: 2013-11-26
I have a VB form that writes multiple dates to a column in a SQL Server 2005 tabIe. I would like to be able to pull out each individual date and write a new record to a seperate table and duplicate the additional information in that record. I assume I need to create some sort of split function but am not sure how to accomplish this.
for example:
Name       |   Dates
john Doe  | 12/12/2007,12/13/2007, 12/14/2007,

I would like to have the records inserted into a new table..
Name        |  Date
John Doe  | 12/12/2007
John Doe  | 12/13/2007
John Doe  | 12/14/2007

Any help would be appreciated.
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Dirk HaestProject manager

Here you'll find a split-function

Dim Dates as string = "12/12/2007,12/13/2007, 12/14/2007"
Dim myDates As String() = Nothing
myDates = values.Dates (",")

dim s as string
For Each s In myDates
   ' Add your code here to insert the data into the database
Next s
Jorge PaulinoIT Pro/Developer
Top Expert 2008


Small change to Dhaest code to work fine:

Dim Dates as string = "12/12/2007,12/13/2007, 12/14/2007"
Dim myDates As String() = Nothing
 myDates = Dates.Split(",")  ' <-- CHANGE

dim s as string
For Each s In myDates
   ' Add your code here to insert the data into the database
Next s


I am looking for a solution on the SQL side, after the individual record has been inserted int the table. I would like to run a procedure to take the dates field and then create several records off of that field based on the number of dates that were entered. so if a given recrod from the first table has three date values seperated with commoas, I need to create 3 seperate records for each date. Would a cursor be used in this situation. Does this make sense? I may not be explaining it well.

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I am still having trouble. I cannot get the first two suggestions to work in the VB form. They are still inserting all of the date values into one record. I cannot get the insert statmeent to work with the last suggestion above.

Thanks to all who have responded. Any other suggestions that may help?


I did get your last suggestion to work. thnaks for your help!

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