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Posted on 2013-01-09
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Last Modified: 2013-01-10
I have a 'Fullname' column in a table in the format
Lastname, Firstname.
Id like to create two cols taht would split the Last and First name.

What is the update statement to do that? thanks
Question by:zachvaldez
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by:Steve Wales
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First I'll make an assumption that you're adding two new columns to your table, called Surname and First_Name

With that assumption in place:

update employees
set Surname = substring(Fullname, 1, charindex(',', Fullname)-1),
    First_name = ltrim(rtrim(substring(Fullname, charindex(',', Fullname)+1, len(Fullname)))) 

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This will work as long as the name is always as specified, but should work whether there's a space after the comma or not.
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by:Éric Moreau
Éric Moreau earned 400 total points
ID: 38759958
check http://www.sql-server-helper.com/tips/split-name.aspx

replace charindex(' '...

replace charindex(','...

Accepted Solution

PJBX earned 400 total points
ID: 38759965
1. First create the FirstName and LastName columns in your table

2. Run the following select:
    LEFT(FullName, CHARINDEX(',', FullName, 1) - 1) AS FirstName,  
    RTRIM(LTRIM(STUFF(FullName, 1, CHARINDEX(',', FullName, 1), ''))) AS LastName  

3. After confirming the Select. Run the update:
Update YourTableName
SET            FirstName = RTRIM(LTRIM(STUFF(FullName, 1, CHARINDEX(',', FullName, 1), ''))),
            LastName = LEFT(FullName, CHARINDEX(',', FullName, 1) - 1)

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