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Posted on 2008-06-13
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I have the following piece of code:

      INSERT INTO dbo.crmContactTypes
      (
      ContactRef, Contact_Type, Volunteer, Region, Owner
      )
      SELECT DISTINCT
                                      TOP (100) PERCENT InitialData.right('00000' + cast(Contact_Migration_Ref as varchar(5)),5), Contact_Type.CRM_Contact_Type_ID,
                                      crmContactData.Volunteer_Flag, InitialData.[PSYBT Area], Owner.CRM_User_ID
      FROM         InitialData INNER JOIN
                                      Contact_Type ON InitialData.Code = Contact_Type.Code INNER JOIN
                                      Owner ON InitialData.Owner = Owner.Owner LEFT OUTER JOIN
                                      crmContactData ON InitialData.Contact_Migration_Ref = crmContactData.ContactRef COLLATE Latin1_General_CI_AI
      WHERE     (InitialData.LstNm IS NOT NULL) AND (InitialData.Contact_Migration_Ref IS NOT NULL) AND
                                      (Contact_Type.CRM_Contact_Type_ID <> 99) OR
                                      (InitialData.Contact_Migration_Ref IS NOT NULL) AND (Contact_Type.CRM_Contact_Type_ID <> 99) AND (InitialData.Position IS NOT NULL)

but when I run it I receive the following error:

Msg 156, Level 15, State 1, Procedure BusinessContactsUpdate, Line 114
Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'right'.

Now I know where the error is located: InitialData.right('00000' + cast(Contact_Migration_Ref as varchar(5)),5) but the problem I have is that the data being selected here is being translated as an int even though it's nvarchar. The data in this field is something like 01234 or 00070 but the starting 0s are being removed.

I need to be able to ensure that the starting 0s are not being removed from the code and assumed I'd be able to put something like the above code into my statement. I've used code like this before to perform the transformation but for some reason it's not working this time around.

Any ideas appreciated.
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Hello u101440,

Why do you have "InitialData." in there, Right is a keyword not a method.

      SELECT DISTINCT
                                      TOP (100) PERCENT Right('00000' + cast(Contact_Migration_Ref as varchar(5)),5), Contact_Type.CRM_Contact_Type_ID,
                                      crmContactData.Volunteer_Flag, InitialData.[PSYBT Area], Owner.CRM_User_ID

Should work.

Regards,

TimCottee
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by:Steven O'Neill
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You know when you've been coding for a very looooong number of hours and the simpliest solutions always go by you...moved the initialdata table reference in the statement and all works. Thanx
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