SQL Pattern Matching

Posted on 2014-04-25
Last Modified: 2014-04-28
I am looking for the best way to exclude a list of specific patterns from my query. I know that I can do things like the examples below, but I wondering if there wasn't a better way to get this working.

I am looking to return strings that do not start with the strings below and are 11 alpha-numeric characters. I need to return values that do not match the pattern or are NULL, so I can't use 582% for example. It doesn't check the number of characters.

Any ideas?

WHERE ((CustNum) Not Like '582________'
      And (CustNum) Not Like 'CCE________'
      And (CustNum) Not Like '110________'
      And (CustNum) Not Like 'Q__________'
      And (CustNum) Not Like 'USC________'
      And (CustNum) Not Like 'BNM________')
      OR (((CustNum) Is Null))

WHERE ((CustNum) Not Like '582[a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9]'
      And (CustNum) Not Like 'CCE[a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9]'
      And (CustNum) Not Like '110[a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9]'
      And (CustNum) Not Like 'Q[a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9]'
      And (CustNum) Not Like 'USC[a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9]'
      And (CustNum) Not Like 'BNM[a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9][a-zA-Z0-9]')
      OR (((CustNum) Is Null))
Question by:Jerry Miller
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by:Dan Craciun
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If you can use a RegEx CLR, then the pattern is clear:

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Scott Pletcher earned 500 total points
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The easiest way is to put the exclusion values into a table, then use NOT EXISTS on that table:

FROM dbo.main m
        SELECT 1
        FROM dbo.exclusions e
            e.pattern IS NOT NULL AND
            m.Custnum LIKE e.pattern
    ) AND
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by:Jerry Miller
ID: 40027988
Exactly what I needed, thanks Scott! The query in the stored procedure is small and best of all it is scalable by simply adding / removing values in the table.

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