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White space issue with SQL concatenate statement

Posted on 2008-10-15
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Ok, hopefully this is an easy one for you. The following is a part of a SQL statement I am running.

LTRIM(RTRIM(LTRIM(RTRIM(ABCHCD) + ' ' + CAST(ABABTX AS VARCHAR(10)) + '' + RTRIM(ABACCD) + ' ' + RTRIM(ABAECD)+ ' ' + RTRIM(ABFXCD) + ' ' + RTRIM(ABDFCD))))


ABFXCD reperesents a field that does not always have a value. If ABDFCD ALSO does not have a value then I have no issues. However if ABDFCD does have a value there are two spaces before ABDFCD instead of one.

Example:

100 MORTIER DR  1001 (What I am getting)
100 MORTIER DR 1001  (What I want)

Any suggestions on how to alter the code to make this work?
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Question by:CSTX_Analysts
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chapmandew earned 125 total points
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use ltrim and rtrim on the values like you did the first field.
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by:BrandonGalderisi
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Since you only want to concatenate field + ' ' when the length is >0...

case when datalength(ABCHCD)>0 then abac ABCHCD cd + ' ' else '' end +
case when datalength(cast(ABABTX as varchar(10)))>0 then cast(ABABTX as varchar(10)) + ' ' else '' end +
case when datalength(abaccd)>0 then abaccd + ' ' else '' end +
case when datalength(ABAECD)>0 then ABAECD + ' ' else '' end +
case when datalength(ABFXCD)>0 then ABFXCD + ' ' else '' end +
case when datalength(ABDFCD)>0 then ABDFCD + ' ' else '' end
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