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# T-SQL query explaination

Posted on 2011-03-06
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Hi all,

I have some problems understanding the following query. Do you know what the following query does?

SELECT
CASE
WHEN CHARINDEX(' ',RecipeName) <> 0 THEN
SUBSTRING(RecipeName,CHARINDEX(' ',RecipeName) + 1,
case
when charindex(' ', SUBSTRING(RecipeName,CHARINDEX(' ',RecipeName) + 1, LEN(RecipeName))) = 0 then LEN(RecipeName)
else charindex(' ', SUBSTRING(RecipeName,CHARINDEX(' ',RecipeName) + 1, LEN(RecipeName)))

end)

ELSE
'No Second Word'
END Second_Word
FROM Recipe

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Question by:Itudk_2010
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ID: 35047325
CHARINDEX serchers for a specified substring within a string and returns the position of the substring
SUBSTRING copies a specified number of characters from a string starting from a given index

WHEN CHARINDEX(' ',RecipeName) <> 0 THEN
SUBSTRING(RecipeName,CHARINDEX(' ',RecipeName) + 1,

If there is a space in the recipe, then copy all characters up to the space
eg if its "salt sugar pepper"
then you end up with "Salt"

when charindex(' ', SUBSTRING(RecipeName,CHARINDEX(' ',RecipeName) + 1, LEN(RecipeName))) = 0 then LEN(RecipeName)
else charindex(' ', SUBSTRING(RecipeName,CHARINDEX(' ',RecipeName) + 1, LEN(RecipeName)))

Now we look for the second space character and get the string
eg "sugar"

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ID: 35047784
Hi ewangoya,

Thanks for the explaination. I still don't understand the following part?

when charindex(' ', SUBSTRING(RecipeName,CHARINDEX(' ',RecipeName) + 1, LEN(RecipeName))) = 0 then LEN(RecipeName)
else charindex(' ', SUBSTRING(RecipeName,CHARINDEX(' ',RecipeName) + 1, LEN(RecipeName)))

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JoeNuvo earned 1000 total points
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if RecipeName = "Salt Sugar"

SUBSTRING(RecipeName,CHARINDEX(' ',RecipeName) + 1, LEN(RecipeName)) will give value of "Sugar"
charindex(' ', SUBSTRING(RecipeName,CHARINDEX(' ',RecipeName) + 1, LEN(RecipeName))) will equal to zero
LEN(RecipeName) will given to the outside substring function

so, 2nd word, which is last word will be return.

if RecipeName = "Salt Sugar Pepper"
SUBSTRING(RecipeName,CHARINDEX(' ',RecipeName) + 1, LEN(RecipeName)) will give value of "Sugar Pepper"
charindex(' ', SUBSTRING(RecipeName,CHARINDEX(' ',RecipeName) + 1, LEN(RecipeName))) will become the length of 2nd  word (+1 for the space)
which is not zero, and will be return to previous SubString function

so, 2nd word will be return with space at the end  (for ex.  "Sugar ")

extra note.
to return without space
code should be

else charindex(' ', SUBSTRING(RecipeName,CHARINDEX(' ',RecipeName) + 1, LEN(RecipeName))) - 1
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Ephraim Wangoya earned 1000 total points
ID: 35063302

when charindex(' ', SUBSTRING(RecipeName,CHARINDEX(' ',RecipeName) + 1, LEN(RecipeName))) = 0 then LEN(RecipeName)
else charindex(' ', SUBSTRING(RecipeName,CHARINDEX(' ',RecipeName) + 1, LEN(RecipeName)))

This is getting the index of the second space character in the string

Lets break it down
Assume the string to be "salt sugar pepper"
1. charindex(' ', SUBSTRING(RecipeName,CHARINDEX(' ',RecipeName) + 1, LEN(RecipeName)))
part in bold will get the index of the first space,  in this case 5 then add 1

Now the statement is equvalent to
2.  charindex(' ', SUBSTRING(RecipeName, 6, LEN(RecipeName)))

3. The substring part then extracts the string from index 6 to the rest of the string  (LEN(RecipeName))
this would be
=> charindex(' ', SUBSTRING(RecipeName, 6, 17)))
=> charindex(' ', 'sugar pepper'))
=> 5

4. In this case the result is 5, the general statement has equated to

when 5 = 0 then
LEN(RecipeName)  --this is false
else
charindex(' ', SUBSTRING(RecipeName,CHARINDEX(' ',RecipeName) + 1, LEN(RecipeName))) --we return this value which is 5
end

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