?
Solved

Parse data in access query

Posted on 2013-06-10
4
Medium Priority
?
409 Views
Last Modified: 2013-06-10
I need to parse some data in a field in my query but not sure how to do it. It needs to be parsed into 3 separate columns.

The data is structured like this. It won't always be numeric though. The first 6 digits can be alpha-numeric as well. There is always a space after the first 6 characters.

345666 4001
345666 24001


So I need one column to have "345666", another to have the first digit of the next sequence; "4", and then the final piece would be "001".

The second example would be:

"345666"
"24"
"001"

The first 6 characters will always be 6 characters and the last 3 will always be 3 characters. It's the middle that may change the number of characters from 1 to 3 characters.
0
Comment
Question by:Lawrence Salvucci
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 120

Accepted Solution

by:
Rey Obrero (Capricorn1) earned 2000 total points
ID: 39235825
try this query, change F3 with the actual name of field and Mytable with the actual name of the table


SELECT F3, Left([F3],6) AS Expr1, Trim(Mid([F3],7,Len(Mid([f3],7))-3)) AS Expr2, Right([F3],3) AS Expr3
FROM MyTable;
0
 
LVL 48

Expert Comment

by:Dale Fye
ID: 39235842
I would start out with a function:
Public Function fnParse(ParseWhat as string, Pointer as integer) as variant

    Dim myArray() as string

    myArray = Split(ParseWhat, " ")

    if Pointer - 1 < lbound(myArray) Then
        fnParse = Null
    elseif Pointer -1 > ubound(myArray) Then
        fnParse = Null
    else
        fnParse = myArray(Pointer - 1)
    end if

End Function

Open in new window

Then I would write my query something like:

SELECT fnParse([yourField], 1) as Field1
           , Left(fnparse([yourField], 2), Len(fnparse([yourfield], 2)) - 3) as Fiels2
           , Right(fnParse([yourField], 2), 3) as Field3
FROM yourTable
0
 
LVL 1

Author Closing Comment

by:Lawrence Salvucci
ID: 39235844
Perfect! Thank you for your assistance and quick response!
0
 
LVL 48

Expert Comment

by:Dale Fye
ID: 39235849
BTW,  I keep fnParse in my library database so I can use it for a wide variety of situations similar to this.
0

Featured Post

Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Phishing attempts can come in all forms, shapes and sizes. No matter how familiar you think you are with them, always remember to take extra precaution when opening an email with attachments or links.
The Windows Phone Theme Colours is a tight, powerful, and well balanced palette. This tiny Access application makes it a snap to select and pick a value. And it doubles as an intro to implementing WithEvents, one of Access' hidden gems.
Basics of query design. Shows you how to construct a simple query by adding tables, perform joins, defining output columns, perform sorting, and apply criteria.
Visualize your data even better in Access queries. Given a date and a value, this lesson shows how to compare that value with the previous value, calculate the difference, and display a circle if the value is the same, an up triangle if it increased…
Suggested Courses

765 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question