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There is a text filed in a table called as description. I would like to extract two date fields from this string when there is an occurrence of '~' character using sql server 2005 stored procedure. Help me out in this case.

Example: string: '长期租金;10/1/2012 ~ 10/31/2012'. At occurrence of ~ operator I would like to have from-date: 20121001 and to-date: 20121031.
Posted 22-Oct-12 0:40am
Edited 22-Oct-12 8:04am
Maciej Los210.1K
djj55 22-Oct-12 11:39am
Is the data you are looking for always dates? Or of a given size?
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Solution 2

The easiest way is to use regular expressions. As SQL server does not support regular expressions by default, you have to extend it using .net integrated user function. It is really not complicated. See these two articles:[^], Regular Expressions in MS SQL Server 2005/2008[^].
If this task has to be done regularly, I suggest you implement two functions based on one of the above, that extracts first of last dates directly to sql date.
Maciej Los 22-Oct-12 13:21pm
Great answer, +5!
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Solution 1

Use CHARINDEX[^] function to find ~ and then LEFT[^] or RIGHT[^] or SUBSTRING[^] function to return the part of string.

For example:
DECLARE @inputstring NVARCHAR(100)
DECLARE @fromdate NVARCHAR(10)
SET @inputstring = '长期租金;10/01/2012 ~ 10/31/2012'
SET @pos = CHARINDEX('~', @inputstring)
IF @pos >0
        SET @fromdate = SUBSTRING(@inputstring,@pos-11,10)
        SET @todate = SUBSTRING(@inputstring,@pos+1,10)
        SELECT @fromdate as [from-date], @todate as [to-date]
ELSE --@pos =0
    PRINT 'There''s no matches!'
damodara naidu betha 24-Oct-12 3:18am
Maciej Los 24-Oct-12 13:48pm
Thank you ;)
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Solution 3

Hi ..,

try this batch

DECLARE @String VARCHAR(200) = '长期租金;10/1/2012 ~ 10/31/2012'
SET @String = SUBSTRING(@String,CHARINDEX(';',@String,0)+1,LEN(@String))
SELECT SUBSTRING(@String,0,CHARINDEX('~',@String,0)) [From-Date], 
SUBSTRING(@String,CHARINDEX('~',@String,0)+1,LEN(@String)) [To-Date]

Thank you

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