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Jarred Meyer
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Search using Like in crystal to find something that contains a letter followed by a number.

Basically I have a list of jobs. They can be in several similar formats and I want to group based on only one of these formats;


I need to be able to group these so that any Job that starts with an 'E' gets filtered into Electrical, but the ENG at the beginning of some of the job #'s willl throw off 'startswith'.

So in the list above I should only get the following couple of jobs;

Here is what I tried;

if {Command.JobNum} Like ["*E#*"] then "Electrical"
else "Main Shop"

So what symbol can I use to represent E followed by a number?
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8/22/2022 - Mon

CR doesn't have a "numeric character" wildcard, at least as of CR 10.  I suppose they may have added something in later versions.  The only wildcard in CR 10 is "*", for "0 or more characters".

 If you want anything that starts with "E", but not "ENG", to be in "Electrical", how about this:

if {Command.JobNum} like "E*" and not ({Command.JobNum} like "ENG*") then "Electrical"
else "Main Shop"

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Try looking at this ,  you will probably need to modify it somewhat to eek out what you want.

uses instr , mid and isnumericfunction

what is your database ?
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William Peck
Jarred Meyer

Thanks guys.. I will check the proposed solutions here in a bit.. Got to wrap up something else first..

The database is SQL

SQL Server will give you more options to recognize the format.

This will work just in case your report is based on stored procedure.