Solved

Query for stripping first 5 characters

Posted on 2008-10-31
5
217 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I need to run a query on a database table (let's call it TABLE1) to KEEP the LAST 4 characters for all values in the SSN field. How do I do this? Thanks.

Database: SQL Server 2000
0
Comment
Question by:isaacr25
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
5 Comments
 
LVL 60

Expert Comment

by:chapmandew
ID: 22850733
select last4 = right(ssn, 4)
from table1
0
 

Author Comment

by:isaacr25
ID: 22850748
This is a select query. Will this actually remove the preceding characters, leaving 4 characters?
0
 
LVL 60

Accepted Solution

by:
chapmandew earned 500 total points
ID: 22850804
whoops...didn't realize that you wanted to actually update the values...

update t1
set ssnfield = right(ssnfield, 4)
from table1
0
 
LVL 9

Expert Comment

by:jamesgu
ID: 22850923
a typo from chapmandew's post

update t1
set ssnfield = right(ssnfield, 4)
from table1 t1

or

update table1
set ssnfield = right(ssnfield, 4)
0
 
LVL 60

Expert Comment

by:chapmandew
ID: 22850935
yep, good catch...forgot my alias.
0

Featured Post

Efficient way to get backups off site to Azure

This user guide provides instructions on how to deploy and configure both a StoneFly Scale Out NAS Enterprise Cloud Drive virtual machine and Veeam Cloud Connect in the Microsoft Azure Cloud.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Why is this different from all of the other step by step guides?  Because I make a living as a DBA and not as a writer and I lived through this experience. Defining the name: When I talk to people they say different names on this subject stuff l…
Ever wondered why sometimes your SQL Server is slow or unresponsive with connections spiking up but by the time you go in, all is well? The following article will show you how to install and configure a SQL job that will send you email alerts includ…
Using examples as well as descriptions, and references to Books Online, show the documentation available for datatypes, explain the available data types and show how data can be passed into and out of variables.
Viewers will learn how the fundamental information of how to create a table.

628 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question