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How can I alter the result of a SQL Query

Posted on 2013-06-19
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If I run a query like this
SELECT games FROM hoby

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it will return a value like
 ,,Bingo,,Darts,,Pool,,WordsWithFriends,,
how can I code the select statement to change the ,, into a dash - so the result would be
-Bingo-Darts-Pool-WordsWithFriends-  
it would also be nice to omit leading and trailing ,, where the result is
Bingo-Darts-Pool-WordsWithFriends
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Question by:GD_GRAY
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by:thenerdynerd
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Is this just one column with all that data?  

Best solution would be to split the games data into separate columns that would be best practice, then in a statement you can manipulate much easier.  I suspect your data looks like the last line in the before SQL screen shot?

In any case here is the SQL that I think you are after:

SELECT REPLACE(games,',,','-') games FROM Hobbies
WHERE games IS NOT NULL
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by:selva_kongu
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SELECT REPLACE(SUBSTRING(SUBSTRING(games,3,LEN(games),1,LEN(games)-4),',,','-')

FROM hoby
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awking00 earned 500 total points
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To eliminate beginning and ending ',,' -
select substring(replace(games,',,','-'),2,len(replace(games,',,','-')) - 2)
from hobby;
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by:awking00
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Or you can do the substring before the replace -
select replace(substring(games,3,len(games) - 4),',,','-') from hobby;
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by:GD_GRAY
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Thank you so very much.
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