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Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:25 PM
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I'm not sure if I can do this.... I'm trying to change the column heading based on the value of another field.

Something like this:

SELECT Other AS 'Other (describe):' + [OtherText]
FROM [TESTTABLE]


The value of Other is "X"
The value of OtherText is "Football"

So the column heading would look like: "Other (describe): Football"
The value would be "X"

... I know there are much better ways of doing this, just we don't have the option of changing the table format.

The Select statement would only ever return one single record.
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Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:58 PM


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... I know there are much better ways of doing this


That is huge understatement. It is nowhere near good practice to store column headers in the table.

Bad practice aside you can accomplish with dynamic sql.

Let's start with some ddl and sample data in a consumable format (this is a good habit for your future posts). Then we can proceed with the kludge to pull this off.

create table #Other
(
Other varchar(25),
OtherText varchar(25)
)

insert #Other
select 'X', 'Football'

declare @ColHeading varchar(50)
select @ColHeading = 'Other (describe):' + OtherText
from #Other

declare @sql nvarchar(max)
set @sql = 'select Other as [' + @ColHeading + '] from #Other'

exec sp_executesql @sql

drop table #Other

Hopefully that is something that can at least get you started to make this work.


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