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How do I get a numeric field to output to only 2 decimal points

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How do I get a numeric field to output to only 2 decimal points, such as 4235.98? With Net being the value field that current outputs 64.3232697. I only want 64.32 to be the result.

SELECT ID, HOMENAME, Net
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Question by:CMChalcraft
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by:Jim Horn
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<Knee-jerk reaction>

SELECT ID, HOMENAME, CAST(Net as numeric(19,2)) as Net
FROM whatever

The 19 number is the total number of digits, and can be decreased to best represent the values in that column to minimize the size needed to store them. (see 'Storage Bytes')
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Russ Suter earned 1000 total points
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The simplest solution would be to cast the field to a DECIMAL data type with the correct number of decimal places like this:
cast(SomeValue as decimal(19,2)) as SomeAlias

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That will round your value to 2 decimal places.
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by:Olaf Doschke
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I suggest you rather do this formatting to two decimal places client side.

C#: String s = String.Format("The current price is {0:C2} per ounce.",pricePerOunce);
PHP: echo money_format("The price is %i", $number);
JS: var profits=2489.8237; profits = profits.toFixed(2);
...

The job of the server is to serve the data and the job of the frontend to display it user friendly with user locale, etc. That's separate concerns.

Bye, Olaf.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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i agree with the above.
if you don't want to round, but floor/ceil instead, you will need to *100 and /100 in betwee.
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by:Olaf Doschke
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Another idea would be to convert to an int price in pence/cent/whatever and fill in the decimal place at the frontend again. The advantage being you transfer only exact int values. On the other hand there is the currency type for a reason.

Bye, Olaf.
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by:CMChalcraft
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Thanks for rapid help. I will llok at Olaf suggests when I have more time. Have used Russ's solution as quicker to implement.

Regards

Chris C
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