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This one should be easy.....

I need a SQL script that will concat my field Original_Num to only show the first characters before any '.'

For example:

SHP001234.1 should be SHP001234
SHP001234.2 should be SHP001234
SHP001234. should be SHP001234
SELECT  Sales_Doc_Type,
        Sales_Doc_Num,
        Original_Num
FROM    dbo.tspvSalesDocumentHistory

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select left(myField, charindex('.', myField)-1)
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With you columns and table.

SELECT  Sales_Doc_Type,
        Sales_Doc_Num,
        left(Original_Num, charindex('.', Original_Num)-1)
FROM    dbo.tspvSalesDocumentHistory
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ID: 36815400
Msg 536, Level 16, State 5, Line 1
Invalid length parameter passed to the SUBSTRING function.
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Does the column contain a null?
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SELECT  Sales_Doc_Type,
        Sales_Doc_Num,
        isnulll(left(Original_Num, charindex('.', Original_Num)-1), '') as Original_Num
FROM    dbo.tspvSalesDocumentHistory
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by:r270ba
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Actually...not ALL Original_Num will contain the '.'  The below code works...however sometimes the Original_Num will contain just the '.' at the end and sometimes it will contain a '.#' (.1, .2, etc).

Will that always work?
SELECT  Sales_Doc_Type,
        Sales_Doc_Num,
        original_num,
        [new]=CASE WHEN ORIGINAL_num LIKE '%.%' THEN left(Original_Num, charindex('.', Original_Num)-1) ELSE Original_Num end
FROM    dbo.tspvSalesDocumentHistory
WHERE Sales_Doc_Num='i038472'

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SELECT  Sales_Doc_Type,
        Sales_Doc_Num,
        original_num,
 left(Original_Num+ '.', charindex('.', Original_Num+''.')-1) as NewNum
FROM    dbo.tspvSalesDocumentHistory
WHERE Sales_Doc_Num='i038472'
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