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T SQL Select a Constant Value and Concatenate with another Field

Posted on 2016-09-20
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I am using a proprietary front end application to connect to a SQL Server database.
I want to pad a field with a constant string, by using the code below it works with one minor issue * see below:

SELECT (VAL("123456")+Customer.CustomerID FROM Customer

The return value inserts commas every third character:
123,456,555,555,555,555

I tried a few different changes to the syntax but still getting the same results.   The application I use to connect to the SQL Server Database isn't easy to work with - so it is quite a challenge.  Thanks for any info.
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by:HuaMinChen
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Use money if you need comma to the displayed column, like
SELECT CONVERT(varchar, CAST(987654321 AS money), 1)

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PortletPaul earned 251 total points
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you do NOT want commas?
 so you want to treat the result as a string....

SELECT '123456' + Customer.CustomerID AS StringID
FROM Customer
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by:fjkaykr11
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Paul thanks for the reply, sorry for the confusion.  That is correct I do not want commas in the return value.
I would like it to be displayed as 123456555555555  instead of 123,456,555,555,555
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by:HuaMinChen
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Try
SELECT replace((VAL("123456")+Customer.CustomerID,',','') FROM Customer

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by:Ryan Chong
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what's the format of Customer.CustomerID ?

what Paul commented in ID: 41807998 should return the result you wanted?
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by:Zberteoc
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Use this:
SELECT '123456'+cast(Customer.CustomerID AS VARCHAR(25)) AS concat_value FROM Customer

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by:fjkaykr11
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thanks for all the replies. I might not be able to do this as many functions do not work
in the app I am using (get a lot of errors), including with CAST.
when I tried something like this:
SELECT '123456'+convert(text,18,Customer.CustomerID) AS concat_value FROM Customer
it will bring return a value without errors but still getting the same results (commas after every 3rd character), String did the same.  Using VarChar brings back less values and still has the commas.  I think I will close this out.  Thanks again.
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Thanks
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by:Zberteoc
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Why using CAST to text? Nobody posted that. text as data type is obsolete in SQL server you what I posted, CAST to VARCHAR(size)...
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by:fjkaykr11
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I tried that method, it didn't work.    I am not using SSMS.   Thanks again.
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Can you be a bit more specific? Didn't work is not enough, code sample that you ran with error massage would be.
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Sorry, I just saw that the question had been answered.
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no worries, thanks for the assistance.
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