Stored Procedure to return multiple inputs between commas

I would like to be able to take input from a user that is separated by commas:

for example:

a,b,c,d,e,f,z

Then i want to use the values in a where clause taken from a variable in a stored procedure.

I will make the variable nvarchar (4000) and use it in a like clause in a query. This way i can get multiple values from teh user. Sometimes they may use one or up to 10 values. What is the best way that i can accomplish this goal ?
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Auerelio VasquezETL DeveloperAsked:
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
with the function like below, you can do it easily:

SELECT * FROM yourtable
WHERE yourfield IN ( SELECT VALUE FROM dbo.ParmsToList('a,b,c,d', ','))
create FUNCTION dbo.ParmsToList (@Parameters varchar(500), @delimiter varchar(10) )
returns @result TABLE (Value varchar(8000))
AS  
begin
    declare @dx varchar(9)
    --declare @loops int
    -- set @loops = 0
 
     DECLARE @TempList table
          (
          Value varchar(8000)
          )
 
     if @delimiter is null  set @delimiter = ' '
     if datalength(@delimiter) < 1 set @delimiter = ' '
     set @dx = left(@delimiter, datalength(@delimiter)-1)
 
     DECLARE @Value varchar(8000), @Pos int
 
     SET @Parameters = @Parameters + @delimiter
     SET @Pos = CHARINDEX(@delimiter, @Parameters, 1)
 
     IF REPLACE(@Parameters, @delimiter, @dx) <> ''
     BEGIN
          WHILE @Pos > 0 --and @Loops < 100
          BEGIN
              -- set @loops = @loops + 1
               SET @Value = LEFT(@Parameters, @Pos - 1)
               IF @Value <> ''
               BEGIN
                    INSERT INTO @TempList (Value) VALUES (@Value) --Use Appropriate conversion
               END
               SET @Parameters = SUBSTRING(@Parameters, @Pos+ datalength(@delimiter),500)
               SET @Pos = CHARINDEX(@delimiter, @Parameters, 1)
 
          END
     END    
     INSERT @result
     SELECT value
        FROM @TempList
     RETURN
END  

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Auerelio VasquezETL DeveloperAuthor Commented:
What if the passed in values are variable? For example, they user goes to a reporting services screen, and in teh Text Box, types in A,B,C,D

How can i handle that situation in either of the above situations? It looks like the values are hardcoded, but if i want to pass in those values, it's a little bit confusing in teh above examples:

so my query woudl look like this

select * from table where field_name in dbo.ParmsToList(@input_variable) -- From stored procedure input variable.....will these examples handle this type of input?
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
same, indeed:

SELECT * FROM yourtable
WHERE yourfield IN ( SELECT VALUE FROM dbo.ParmsToList(@inut_variable, ','))

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BrandonGalderisiCommented:
Yes both of the posted solutions will handle that.  I might as well throw my method in the mix too.


You'll have to create the view (vw_Nums) first but that is included in the comments.  But if your database already has a numbers table, you can you that table name in place of vw_Nums and the number column in place of n in my query.
if object_id('[dbo].[fn_DelimitedToTable]') is not null
     drop function [dbo].[fn_DelimitedToTable]
go
create function [dbo].[fn_DelimitedToTable](@DelimitedString nvarchar(max), @Delimiter nvarchar(32))
returns @Values TABLE
     (ident         int not null identity primary key clustered
     ,thePosition   int not null
     ,theValue      nvarchar(max)
     )
as
/************************************************************
*
*    Author:        Brandon Galderisi
*    Last modified: 07-Oct-2008
*    Purpose:       splits an input string (@DelimitedString) 
*                   on a delimiter (@delimiter) and outputs 
*                   a table of values.
*    
*
*************************************************************/
begin
 
insert into @Values (thePosition,theValue)
		select n, substring(@delimiter + @DelimitedString + @delimiter, n + (datalength(@delimiter)/2), charindex(@delimiter, @delimiter + @DelimitedString + @delimiter, n + datalength(@delimiter)/2) - n - datalength(@delimiter)/2) as string_value
		from	dbo.vw_Nums
		where
			n <= (datalength(@delimiter + @DelimitedString + @delimiter)/2) - (datalength(@delimiter)/2)
			and substring(@delimiter + @DelimitedString + @delimiter, n, (datalength(@delimiter)/2)) = @delimiter
 
 
 
return
end
/*
-- The purpose of vw_Nums is if the source database does not have a numbers table.  This view (vw_nums)
-- will allow the parsing of up to 4 billion+ character strings with the above function.  Whether a static
-- table or this view is used for fn_DelimitedToTable, it can only split a string as long as the source 
-- numbers table.
Requires a nunbers table or this view:
create view vw_Nums
as
with   cte0 as (select 1 as c union all select 1), 
       cte1 as (select 1 as c from cte0 a, cte0 b), 
       cte2 as (select 1 as c from cte1 a, cte1 b), 
       cte3 as (select 1 as c from cte2 a, cte2 b), 
       cte4 as (select 1 as c from cte3 a, cte3 b), 
       cte5 as (select 1 as c from cte4 a, cte4 b), 
       nums as (select row_number() over (order by c) as n from cte5)
       select n from nums 
 
 
 
Sample Usage:
select * from [dbo].[fn_DelimitedToTable]('a|%25basdf|%25c|%25d','|%25')
select theValue from [dbo].[fn_DelimitedToTable]('a','|')
select * from [dbo].[fn_DelimitedToTable]('a basdf c d',' ')
*/
GO

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Auerelio VasquezETL DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Angelll,

Is there a way to use your function for a wild card? for example:

if they chose %aabnm% as one of the paramaters, and also they may not want to have a wild care liek abcd

they want to be able to use these to search multiple items.... How can i use your function to do so?

Thanks a million.
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
yes:
SELECT t.* FROM yourtable t
JOIN dbo.ParmsToList(@inut_variable, ',') l
  ON t.yourfield LIKE l.value 

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