How to get some text based on a char

Hi there

Hope you can help me?

I have a string like this

Fred Blog (Feb 2009)

Can someone please write a function that will get me ALL the text BEFORE the '('

i.e.

Fred Blog

thanks
mousemat24Asked:
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Habib PourfardSoftware DeveloperCommented:
Here is the function:
CREATE FUNCTION GetText(@Text VARCHAR(256))
RETURNS VARCHAR(256)
AS
BEGIN
	RETURN SUBSTRING(@Text, 1, CHARINDEX('(', @Text) - 1)
END

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SELECT dbo.GetText('Fred Blog (Feb 2009)')

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Simone BSenior E-Commerce AnalystCommented:
Try this:

SELECT LEFT(ColumnName,CHARINDEX('(', ColumnName)-1)

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mousemat24Author Commented:
can you please help me so that I can use it as a function?

thanks
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Michael DyerSenior Systems Support AnalystCommented:
Here you go.

Assume you have a table named "MyTable"

Create one column named "INUPT" for your input string and one column named "NAME" for the trimmed name.

Then, run this procedure on the table:

     UPDATE MyTable SET NAME = LEFT(INPUT,LEN(INPUT)-CHARINDEX('(',INPUT))

This should put the trimmed name in the NAME column.
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Kevin CrossChief Technology OfficerCommented:
You have answers above, but here are a few notes:

Your substring will end up with an extraneous space; therefore, you may need to RTRIM the text if there is a space before '(' as in your example.
If the text you pass the function does not contain a '(', you will get an error; therefore, you may want to add an IF/CASE statement OR do this:
SUBSTRING(@Text, 1, CHARINDEX('(', @Text+'(') - 1)

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