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I need to use SQL to extract first name and last name from a table that stores name as follows:

last_name, first_name mi

ex: 'Doe, Jane L'
      'Smith Jr., Frank C'
      'Brown M.D., Lawrence'

Thanks!
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by:wilcoxon
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select last_name&', '&first_name&' '&mi from table

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If that doesn't work, replace all of the & with || - I can't remember which is the correct syntax in Sybase.
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by:PattiN
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I wasn't clear, sorry.  I mean that I need to extract first name as one field and last name as another field from a column in a table that stores the whole name as 'last name, first name mi'.  So, in my example above, I need the following results:

from:  'Doe, Jane L'
         'Smith Jr., Frank C'
         'Brown M.D., Lawrence'

I need two columns in my SQL result set:
First Name             Last Name
Jane                         Doe
Frank                       Smith Jr.
Lawrence                Brown M.D.
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TommySzalapski earned 1500 total points
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So what you basically want to do is take out the string, spit it by ',' to separate last name from first/middle and then split first/middle by a space to separate them.

I'm not familiar with how Sybase works with SQL, but this article on splitting strings should contain something that will work for you
http://www.sqlperformance.com/2012/07/t-sql-queries/split-strings

Look especially at the one called "Jeff Moden's splitter." I think that will work for you.

Note that all the comments and discussion on performance won't really apply to you since your strings are relatively short (nowhere near 8000 characters).
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by:PattiN
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That's great, thank you!
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