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SQL Querys Starts with letter only

Posted on 2012-09-06
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Last Modified: 2012-09-27
Hi All

I have a database with over 2 million contacts, i need to remove a names that don't start with a letter we have a few thousand that start with number / symbols which obverly arent really how can build a query to delete these?  

Question by:Matb396
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Scott Pletcher earned 2000 total points
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You can do that, but are you SURE the data is really bad?

Plenty of company names start with non-letters ... 1st Tennessee Bank, 3M, etc..

That said, here's the DELETE you asked for:

DELETE FROM dbo.tablename
    name LIKE '[^a-zA-z]%' --name doesn't start with a letter
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by:Lee Savidge
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delete from mytable where left(mycol, 1) not like '[a-z]'
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by:Lee Savidge
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Scott, I'm guessing the question asker is referring to contacts in terms of people.

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