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How to know if a string is GUID?

Posted on 2013-02-03
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I have a sql statement that joins to 2 tables and brings back an ID row. I changed the design and the new IDs are integers. The old IDs are GUIDs.

How can I know if the ID is GUID and not an integer? based on that, i want to use an if-else statement.

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by:Aeriden
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You can create a SQL Function that would return whether a GUID is valid:

http://ask.sqlservercentral.com/questions/23114/best-way-to-check-that-a-stringvarchar-guid-is-val.html
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by:Camillia
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want to do it in C#, ASP.net. But let me look at your link
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Oh, that is even easier.  Check out http://www.geekzilla.co.uk/View8AD536EF-BC0D-427F-9F15-3A1BC663848E.htm (using a Regular Expression for a GUID test).
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by:käµfm³d 👽
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Why not use Guid.Tryparse?
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by:Camillia
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so if (Guid.Tryparse(field) = true)

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Guid converted;

if (Guid.TryParse("{81a130d2-502f-4cf1-a376-63edeb000e9f}", out converted) == true)
{
    // converted will hold the converted value if the TryParse succeeds
}

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