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SQL Server Help - Is there an alternative to PatIndex

Posted on 2013-05-28
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In MS SQL Server, is there an alternative to PatIndex?  I have the Select Query below which currenly uses the PatIndex function but is there another way this can be with a different function? The purpose of this query is to identify invalid chars in a column.


SELECT *
FROM [Addresses.txt]
WHERE PatIndex('%[^a-z0-9]%', [Addresses.txt].[PROD_CD]) > 2
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Question by:hojohappy
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by:awking00
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Can you supply some sample data for prod_cd and what you expect to return?
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Scott Pletcher earned 500 total points
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I don't know of any other built-in function that duplicates what PATINDEX() does.  After all, why would there need to be two built-in functions that did the same thing?!
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