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TSQL Combine (Concatenate) Several Rows Into  Single New Row

Posted on 2016-08-30
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Hello,

I'm trying to create a Unique ID from several fields in my table by combining several rows into a single row.

Here's a select statement that (I think) is outputting what I want:

SELECT (CAST(BIRTH_DATE as VARCHAR(10))+(CAST(BEGIN_DATE as VARCHAR(10)))+RACE+SEX) 
FROM MyTable_t

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I would like to take the output of the above select and insert it into the MyID field in MyTable_t.

Any help will be greatly appreciated - thanks!
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zephyr_hex (Megan) earned 500 total points
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MS SQL will allow you to update the same table you select from, like so:

UPDATE t SET t.MyID = (CAST(t.BIRTH_DATE as VARCHAR(10))+(CAST(t.BEGIN_DATE as VARCHAR(10)))+t.RACE+t.SEX) 
FROM MyTable_t

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Thanks for this.  Worked great!
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