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I am using SQL server 2005 database. In one of my table a field will have the values in the following format.
abcdef<ghijk><lmno>pqrs<tuvw> (or)
abc<defghij>klmnop (or)
abcdefghijkl<mnop>

now i want to write a query to select the first part that is, characters before the first '<'
how to do it?
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declare @str as varchar(max)
select @str = 'abcdef<ghijk><lmno>pqrs<tuvw>'

select LEFT(@str, CHARINDEX('<', @str, 1) - 1)
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by:Muhammad Ousama Ghazali
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Use the following query for non-stored procedure approach:

SELECT LEFT(FieldName, CHARINDEX('<', FieldName, 1) - 1) AS ColumnName FROM TableName
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by:rbodepudi
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It's easy, You can use a combination of functions to acheive this: First you have to find the position of first appearance of '<', then use that in LEFT() to get the desired result.
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by:RiteshShah
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well, all you want to locate the position of >, you can do it with quite a few different string function in SQL server. here are two function for you to learn. have a look at below example snippet.


declare @val varchar(max)
set @val='abcdefpqrs'

select LEFT(@val, CHARINDEX('<', @val, 1) - 1)

select substring(@val,1,CHARINDEX('<', @val, 1) - 1)
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