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Extract part of a string and put in another field.

Posted on 2012-04-09
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I have this string in the "FullDescription" field :

<br />Brand : Laura Mercier<br />

I want to extract the name in the string, like "Laura Mercier" in above,
and put it in the SEName2 field.

UPDATE Nop_Product
        SET SEName2 =   ??

thanks
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Question by:MikeMCSD
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by:Daniel Van Der Werken
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You'd have to manipulate the string. Assuming each of your Full Description fields follow the exact same format, here is a script that will do this. I've made it longer than it needs to be so you can see every step I used.

DECLARE @FullDescription VARCHAR(50)
SET @FullDescription = '<br />Brand : Laura Mercier<br />'

DECLARE @SEName2 VARCHAR(50)
DECLARE @PositionOfColon INT
SET @PositionOfColon = CHARINDEX(':', @FullDescription )
DECLARE @NewString VARCHAR(50)
SET @NewString = SUBSTRING( @FullDescription, @PositionOfColon + 2, LEN( @FullDescription ) - @PositionOfColon )
DECLARE @PositionOfSecondBR INT
SET @PositionOfSecondBR = CHARINDEX( '<', @NewString )
PRINT @PositionOfSecondBR
SET @SEName2 = SUBSTRING( @NewString, 0, @PositionOfSecondBR )
PRINT @SEName2

Then, you'd set the value to @SEName2.
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by:wdosanjos
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Perhaps:
Update Nop_Product
   set SEName2 = replace(replace(FullDescription, '<br />', ''), 'Brand : ', '')

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by:MikeMCSD
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thanks guys . . .
I guess I should have mentioned the FullDescription field has more text in it, like :

<strong style='font-size:19px;color:blue;'>Laura Mercier by Laura Mercier</strong>
<p style='font-size:18px;color:black;'>Flawless Skin Repair Day Creme</p>
Gender : WOMEN
<br />
<br />Brand : Laura Mercier<br />

<br />Designer : Laura Mercier
<br /><br />Skin Care :

I'm guessing it's not going to work because of that.
But every field does start with "<strong style='font-size:19px; . . . .".
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by:Anthony Perkins
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I'm guessing it's not going to work because of that.
That depends.  If you can make it a well-formed Xml document, than it becomes a trivial excersise.
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by:MikeMCSD
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If I change it to :

   SET @NewString = SUBSTRING( @FullDescription, @PositionOfColon + 14, LEN( @FullDescription ) - @PositionOfColon )

it works, . . but not when there are more than 2 words, like this :

SET @FullDescription = 'Gender : WOMEN<br /><br />Brand : AMOR AMOR SUMMER<br />'

any idea on how I can fix this?
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wdosanjos earned 250 total points
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Please try.  It assumes that your Nop_Product table has an id column.
update Nop_Product
   set SEName2 = t2.SEName2
  from Nop_Product t1
  join (select id, substring(SEName2, 1, charindex('<br />', SEName2) - 1) SEName2
          from (select id, 
                       substring(FullDescription, charindex('Brand : ', FullDescription) + 8, len(FullDescription)) SEName2
                  from Nop_Product) t) t2 on t1.id = t2.id

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by:MikeMCSD
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wdosanjos, that worked, thanks.

Dan7el, you answered my original question but I gave you the wrong information, sorry about that.
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