COnvert MS SQL to Oracle

I have a MS SQL statement that I need to have converted to Oracle.  I would do it myself except I don't have access to an Oracle environment to work in.

CAST([Event_Detail_Value] AS VARCHAR(256)) AS Event_Detail_Value2

Event_Detail_Value is a BLOB or CLOB in Oracle.

I only need the first 256  characters from it.  I assume if I need more it will just require changing 256 to 1000.

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johnsoneSenior Oracle DBACommented:
I would use

SUBSTR("Event_Detail_Value", 1, 256) as Event_Detail_Value2

SUBSTR should work with a CLOB.

If it is a BLOB, taking the first 256 bytes doesn't make a whole lot of sense.  256 bytes of binary data typically isn't readable.
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johnsoneSenior Oracle DBACommented:
For a BLOB, I believe that SUBSTR will not work and you would have to use:

DBMS_LOB.SUBSTR("Event_Detail_Value", 256, 1) as Event_Detail_Value2

The DBMS_LOB call should work whether it is a CLOB or BLOB.
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mlmccAuthor Commented:
Thanks.  I am not sure what it is right now.  The client is in the middle of an upgrade and right now it takes  special permissions to use the universe with the SQL.  Next chance I get, I will have them send the SQL as it is now.

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PortletPaulfreelancerCommented:
>>"...except I don't have access to an Oracle environment to work in."
try http://sqlfiddle.com

there is a drop-down of rdbms types, Oracle 11g R2 is one of those
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mlmccAuthor Commented:
The Substr worked.  The field is a CLOB.

The other suggestion would probably also work but we didn't try it.

Thanks

mlmcc
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