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Removing an apostrophe using update comand

Posted on 2008-10-15
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I have some data that needs to be updated. I need to update codes that have an apostrophe, removing the apostrophe. Only problem is, SQL uses Apostrophies so my script doesnt work.

Update "Patient" set "Primary Insured Gaurantor" = 'DALES0000' where "Primary Insured Gaurantor" = "D'ALES0000" <- used quotes here just so you could see exactly what I was trying to update. I am trying to remove the apostrophe from D'ALES0000. Several others to do in several tables.
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by:chapmandew
ID: 22724323
update patient
set [primary insured grantor] = replace([primary insured grantor], '''', '')
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hielo earned 500 total points
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you need to use back-to-back apostrophes:
Update "Patient" set "Primary Insured Gaurantor" = 'DALES0000' where "Primary Insured Gaurantor" = 'D''ALES0000'
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by:obtek123
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set quoted_identified will work, here is the example from BOL. Once you set the quoted Identifier the single quote will be treated as data.

Good luck

SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER OFF
GO
-- An attempt to create a table with a reserved keyword as a name
-- should fail.
CREATE TABLE "select" ("identity" INT IDENTITY NOT NULL, "order" INT NOT NULL)
GO

SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER ON
GO

-- Will succeed.
CREATE TABLE "select" ("identity" INT IDENTITY NOT NULL, "order" INT NOT NULL)
GO

SELECT "identity","order"
FROM "select"
ORDER BY "order"
GO

DROP TABLE "SELECT"
GO

SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER OFF
GO
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by:wdabbs
ID: 22734603
Worked perfectly! Thanks
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