SQL Server: Can i use the distinct keyword on a portion of a column?

I have a column in a table with data such as:

001/01
001/02
002/01
002/02

I'd like to return distinct values that occur in the table on the left hand side of the "/" for slash. So the query should return the values:

001
002

I appreciate it would suggest having seperated it in 2 columns but please presume that that is not possible at this moment. The application code could do this but wanted to know if SQL could query this information.

Many thanks =)
LVL 1
paddycobbettAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

vdr1620Commented:
Try the below SQL

SELECT Distinct SUBSTRING('001/01',1,PATINDEX('%/%','001/01')-1)
0
vdr1620Commented:
you can change it accordingly to

SELECT Distinct SUBSTRING(COLUMNNAME,1,PATINDEX('%/%',COLUMNNAME)-1)
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
cyberkiwiCommented:
The above may give you errors if no / exist in the string.

SELECT Distinct left(col1, charindex('/',col1+'/')-1)
from tbl
0
paddycobbettAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys =)
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Microsoft SQL Server

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.