I want to count the total number of characters in a single column in SQL SERVER

Posted on 2008-10-23
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Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I have a User table. I wish to calculate the total number of words in the user description column. For e.g. if in a user table I have user id=1 , Username=gurbir, User description='testing'. Now I want a program or method through which I can count the total number of words in the description column. Kindly suggest?
Question by:Gurbirs
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ID: 22784979
are words separated by blanks?

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ID: 22784989
SELECT     { fn LENGTH(FieldName) } AS LengthOfFieldName
FROM         TableName
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ID: 22784998
assuming each word is seperated by a single blank

  len(your_column) - len(replace(your_column, ' ', ''))
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momi_sabag earned 2000 total points
ID: 22785002
it should be
  len(your_column) - len(replace(your_column, ' ', '')) + 1

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