My brain is drawing blank here. I am trying to reformat a field called PROV_NAME
from format
Smith, John David
John David Smith

any help would be appreciated
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Rich WeisslerProfessional Troublemaker^h^h^h^h^hshooterCommented:
select ltrim(right(PROV_NAME, len(PROV_NAME)-charindex(',', PROV_NAME)))
       +' '
       +left(PROV_NAME, charindex(',', PROV_NAME)-1)
where PROV_NAME like '%,%'

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... but be aware, that's gonna filter out any name that doesn't have a comma.
(Names like 'Cher', without a comma would cause an error...)
RayData AnalystCommented:
Just use Rich's suggestion in a case statement (without the where part)....

Something like
 select    case prov_name when like '%,%' then 
ltrim(right(PROV_NAME, len(PROV_NAME)-charindex(',', PROV_NAME)))
       +' '
       +left(PROV_NAME, charindex(',', PROV_NAME)-1)
        else prov_name end

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damixaAuthor Commented:
Hi Ray,
It is not liking the 'like' for some reason. If I take out the 'like' it doesnt error out, but obsiously it gives me the wrong result. Is there anything I am missing?

thanks in advance

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Rich WeisslerProfessional Troublemaker^h^h^h^h^hshooterCommented:
 select case  
          when PROV_NAME like '%,%' then ltrim((right(rtrim(PROV_NAME), len(PROV_NAME)-charindex(',', PROV_NAME)))+' '+left(PROV_NAME, charindex(',', PROV_NAME)-1) )
          else PROV_NAME 
		FROM [your_table_name] 

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(I also fixed a problem which was eating the first name if the field was fixed length rather than variable length.)
damixaAuthor Commented:
Thanks a ton, Great feedback
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