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Problem in selecting max of a varchar datatype value

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Hi,

I have a table in sqlserver 2008 with a auto generated column as varchar. these are the sample values
max1
max2
max3
.
.
.
.
max98
max99
max100

when i try to select the max value of the above column, it give only as max99 but it should give us max100.

please let me know an solution to find out max of a varchar datatype value

thanks,
Rajesh
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 34155845
that column should really be splitted into 2 columns ...

apart from that:
select max( cast( substring(yourfield, 4, 100) as bigint) )
  from yourtable

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by:HainKurt
ID: 34155916
or if they all start with 'max'

select max(cast(replace(col,'max','') as int)) from yourTable
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by:Rajkumar Gs
ID: 34155941
You need one more column to indicate the number.

For current data, if 'max' is hardcoded, you can try this query as well

select 'max' + cast( max( cast( right(yourcolumn, len(yourcolumn) - 3) as int)) as varchar(25)) from yourtable

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Regards
Raj
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by:Patrick Matthews
ID: 34156257
Rajesh,

>>please let me know an solution to find out max of a varchar datatype value

Actually, in a text comparison, 'max99' > 'max100'.

Just as 'max2' > 'max100'

:)

Patrick
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by:rajeshmarappan
ID: 34156314
Hi,

Above solutions are working fine. but we need the same solution for linq query where we cant use CAST. please let me know.

Regards,
Rajesh
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 34156354
not sure if that can be done in LINQ ...

so basically, I come back to my initial post:

that column should really be splitted into 2 columns ...
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by:Rajkumar Gs
ID: 34156451
Right.
Things will be easy, if you have one more integer column so that you can find the maximum value

Raj
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HainKurt earned 750 total points
ID: 34156591
you can use one of these (not tested)

col.Remove(0,3) * 1

col.Replace('max','') * 1

col.Substring(3) * 1

so it removes first 3 letters 'max', then multiplies it with 1 makes it (or should make number) then sort it...

check here for string functions: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vbasic/bb737939.aspx#strsubst
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by:HainKurt
HainKurt earned 750 total points
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or do this

('0000000' + col.Replace('max','000')).Substring(10-col.Length)

the idea is convert

max1     : 0000000001
max23   : 0000000023
max100 : 0000000100

so sorting will be correct without casting ;)

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by:rajeshmarappan
ID: 34164725
Partially Solved my problem
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