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Hi,

I have two columns in table MEMBERFAMILY called MEMBERNO and SPOUSENO.

The Data stored in these columns are as follows

MEMBERNO          SPOUSENO
A-1                         A-2
B-11                       B-101
B-14                       B-114

I need the ouput AS USERNO after sort as under in one column. While sort it is first sorted by alpha and then numeric.

Delimiter "-" is there in all the data

USERNO
A-1
A-2
B-11
B-14
B-101
B-114
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Question by:GRChandrashekar
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by:Qlemo
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If we can rely on a fixed format:
select * from
(select memberno as userno from memberfamily
union
select spouseno from memberfamily
) data
order by left(userno,1), substring(userno, 3, 10)

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by:GRChandrashekar
ID: 39177301
Only delimiter is constant.
Alpha may be A, CRPB, XYZDDES and so on
Similarly length of number also is not fixed, it may be 0,10023342342, 34 and so on
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Qlemo earned 250 total points
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I was afraid of that. Besides, the secondary sort expression was incorrect.
select userno from
(select memberno as userno, charindex('-', memberno) as idx from memberfamily
union
select spouseno, charindex('-', spouseno)  from memberfamily
) data
order by left(userno,idx), cast(substring(userno, idx+1, 100) as bigint)

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by:awking00
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So, if alpha includes A, B, and ABC, the order should be?
A
ABC
B
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by:PortletPaul
PortletPaul earned 250 total points
ID: 39177334
select
  code
from (
      select
          MEMBERNO as code
        , substring(MEMBERNO,1,charindex('-',MEMBERNO)-1) as alpha
        , cast(substring(MEMBERNO,charindex('-',MEMBERNO)+1,50) as int) as num
      from MEMBERFAMILY
      union all
      select
          SPOUSENO
        , substring(SPOUSENO,1,charindex('-',MEMBERNO)-1)
        , cast(substring(SPOUSENO,charindex('-',MEMBERNO)+1,50) as int)
      from MEMBERFAMILY
      ) ms
order by alpha, num

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by:awking00
ID: 39177354
PortletPaul beat me to it (again) but thought I would still post my solution -
select * from
(select memberno as userno from memberfamily
 union all
 select spouseno as userno from memberfamily) as x
order by substring(userno,1,charindex('-',userno)-1),
cast(substring(userno,charindex('-',userno)+1,len(userno)) as int;
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by:Qlemo
ID: 39177363
In which way is PortletPaul's code to prefer over my much more simple one?
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by:PortletPaul
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I haven't tested it but his proposed solution does indeed appear to meet the requirements.  
I  can't offer any opinion as to why mine was chosen.

I wish to add is that my suggestion was done without reference to Qlemo's
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by:Qlemo
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Suppose equal split between http:#a39177320 and http:#a39177334 would be appropriate.
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