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ORDER BY SYNTAX WITH CHARINDEX

Posted on 2009-05-15
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Hello Experts,
I need to sort a Select query by data enclosed in brackets at the end of a field. A sample of the data is below:
SPRAIN AND STRAIN OF CRUCIATE LIGAMENT OF KNEE [844.2]
DISLOCAT KNEE NOS-CLOSED [836.50]
FX TIBIA NOS-CLOSED [823.80]

Thanks in advance,

JackW9653
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by:BrandonGalderisi
ID: 24398667
If the [] data will ALWAYS be at the end... you can use this.
select *,substring(a,charindex('[',a)+1,len(a)-charindex('[',a)-1)
from 
/* SAMPLE DATA STARTS HERE */
(
select 'SPRAIN AND STRAIN OF CRUCIATE LIGAMENT OF KNEE [844.2]' a
union select 'DISLOCAT KNEE NOS-CLOSED [836.50]'
union select 'FX TIBIA NOS-CLOSED [823.80]')b
/* SAMPLE DATA STOPS HERE */
order by substring(a,charindex('[',a)+1,len(a)-charindex('[',a)-1)

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by:JackW9653
ID: 24398705
Brandon,
Thanks for the quick reply but I believe you misunderstood the "sample data". The data could be any number of over 16,000 codes.
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BrandonGalderisi earned 500 total points
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The only thing I may have misinterpreted is whether or not you want an alpha sort or numeric sort.  You can add as much data as you want.  Below is the updated which will do a numeric sort, and I have added more data to show you it will work regardless.

You have to replace "a" in the charindex statements with your column name.  And between the ./* COMMENTS */ put your table name.


select *,substring(a,charindex('[',a)+1,len(a)-charindex('[',a)-1)
from 
/* SAMPLE DATA STARTS HERE */
(
select 'SPRAIN AND STRAIN OF CRUCIATE LIGAMENT OF KNEE [844.2]' a
union select 'DISLOCAT KNEE NOS-CLOSED [836.50]'
union select 'FX TIBIA NOS-CLOSED [823.80]'
union select 'put whatever you want here [1.1]'
union select 'as long as you end with the right syntax [2.1'
)b
/* SAMPLE DATA STOPS HERE */
order by cast(substring(a,charindex('[',a)+1,len(a)-charindex('[',a)-1) as numeric(11,5))

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by:JackW9653
ID: 31582057
Thank you Brandon! It works great!
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