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Hello,

I want to find all words in @StringTable where matching words are in Word column in @TableReplacelist and replace it with value from ReplaceWord column.

DECLARE @TableReplacelist table(Word varchar(50), ReplaceWord varchar(50))
INSERT INTO @TableReplacelist(Word,ReplaceWord)values('One','Eins')
INSERT INTO @TableReplacelist(Word,ReplaceWord)values('Two','Zwei')
INSERT INTO @TableReplacelist(Word,ReplaceWord)values('Three','Drei')
INSERT INTO @TableReplacelist(Word,ReplaceWord)values('Four','Vier')

DECLARE @StringTable table(Id int, MyString varchar(max))
INSERT INTO @StringTable(Id,MyString)values(1,'Here is One and Three')
INSERT INTO @StringTable(Id,MyString)values(2,'Here is One and Four')

If I would select all from @StringTable it should be modify like this:
1  Here is Eins and Drei
2  Here is Eins and Vier

Can you please suggest the best approach for this?
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Question by:johnson1
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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Something like this:
Update string table set my string = replace(my string, search, replace)

I think search and replace and be a select. You just wanted a good start so this is from memory
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by:Jim P.
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You are essentially going to have to pick a master table and then iterate through it row by row, Your best bet is something like:

Declare @I as Integer
Declare @Count as Integer
Declare @SQL as Varchar(1000)
Declare @Word as Varchar(50)
Declare @ReplaceWord as Varchar(50)


DECLARE @TableReplacelist table(Word varchar(50), ReplaceWord varchar(50), RowNum long Identity(1,1))
INSERT INTO @TableReplacelist(Word,ReplaceWord)values('One','Eins')
INSERT INTO @TableReplacelist(Word,ReplaceWord)values('Two','Zwei')
INSERT INTO @TableReplacelist(Word,ReplaceWord)values('Three','Drei')
INSERT INTO @TableReplacelist(Word,ReplaceWord)values('Four','Vier')

SELECT @Count = Max(RowNum ) from @TableReplacelist
SELECT  @I = 1

While @I <= @Count 
Begin
SELECT  @Word = Word,   @ReplaceWord = ReplaceWord FROM @TableReplacelist
WHERE  RowNum = @I

@SQL = 'UPDATE  @StringTable SET MyString = REPLACE(MyString,' +  CHAR(39) + @Word +   CHAR(39) + ','  +  CHAR(39) + @ReplaceWord  +  CHAR(39) + ')'

EXEC @SQL

SELECT  @I  = @I + 1
End

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Note that this aircoding. Never tested, but in the general idea.
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by:Saurabh Bhadauria
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You need an udf..

First create an UDF like this..
create function udf_replace(@MyString varchar(max))
returns varchar(max)
as begin 

DECLARE @TableReplacelist table(Word varchar(50), ReplaceWord varchar(50))
INSERT INTO @TableReplacelist(Word,ReplaceWord)values('One','Eins')
INSERT INTO @TableReplacelist(Word,ReplaceWord)values('Two','Zwei')
INSERT INTO @TableReplacelist(Word,ReplaceWord)values('Three','Drei')
INSERT INTO @TableReplacelist(Word,ReplaceWord)values('Four','Vier')


select @MyString=replace(@MyString,word,replaceword) from @TableReplacelist

return @MyString

end 

 

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Then run below code to achieve result

 
DECLARE @StringTable table(Id int, MyString varchar(max))
INSERT INTO @StringTable(Id,MyString)values(1,'Here is One and Three')
INSERT INTO @StringTable(Id,MyString)values(2,'Here is One and Four')

select mystring , dbo.udf_replace(mystring) from @StringTable

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Thanks,
Saurv
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Mark Wills earned 500 total points
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Why table variables ?

dynamic SQL will have problems... While you can pass a table variable (by first creating a custom type) you cannot update.

How many rows would there be realistically (in each table) ? If not too many, you could do it all in one dynamic SQL statement.

But, you need to convert to temp table and then use :

DECLARE @TableReplacelist table(Word varchar(50), ReplaceWord varchar(50))
INSERT INTO @TableReplacelist(Word,ReplaceWord)values('One','Eins')
INSERT INTO @TableReplacelist(Word,ReplaceWord)values('Two','Zwei')
INSERT INTO @TableReplacelist(Word,ReplaceWord)values('Three','Drei')
INSERT INTO @TableReplacelist(Word,ReplaceWord)values('Four','Vier')

IF OBJECT_ID('tempdb..#stringtable','U') is NOT NULL drop table #StringTable
CREATE TABLE #StringTable (Id int, MyString varchar(max))
INSERT INTO #StringTable(Id,MyString)values(1,'Here is One and Three')
INSERT INTO #StringTable(Id,MyString)values(2,'Here is One and Four')
 
 -- npw buil our dynamic SQL

declare @sql nvarchar(max)
select @sql = isnull(@sql+' ; ','') + 'update #stringtable set mystring = replace(mystring,'''+word+''','''+replaceword+''') where charindex('''+word+''',mystring) > 0 '
from @TableReplacelist
--print @sql

execute sp_executesql @sql

select * from #stringtable

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Now, if getting too big, then could leave out the "where" test for charindex

But if you can let me know about table sizes, and tablevar, can come up with an alternate plan of attack...
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by:johnson1
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thank you for your help
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