SQL Script to alter data format

Posted on 2013-06-10
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Last Modified: 2013-06-10
Currently have a column in the database that is char (20) in the following format
999-99-9999 to represent a phone number however this value needs to be imported into another database where the format is char (13) and shown as 999999999

Is there a sql script that can be run to remove the dashes from the column or to copy just the numbers from this column to a new column>
Question by:fireprograms_tech
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select replace ('999-99-9999','-','')
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Banthor earned 2000 total points
ID: 39235978
There are too many possible answers.
update Table set [telcol] = replace([telcol],'-','') Will remove the dashs but will not validate the output.
you can use the statement as a select


and locate issues as

SELECT telcol, *
 from table
where 1=0
  or LEN(replace([telcol],'-','')   !=  9
  or isnumeric(replace([telcol],'-','') ) = 0

Author Closing Comment

ID: 39236069
Thank you so much this completely resolved the issue I was having with the database,  I was able to create a new column and then run the update formula and move the edited data to the new column.  Thanks again!

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