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If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

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nice Smile thank you for the question

(though it was simple and straight question, not sure why i kept occupied myself thinking as it was a trick question... :crazySmile

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Thanks ,good question.. learn first time about STUFF and then answered it :-)

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Another question about different stuff :-)
An interesting example of inserting one string into another. Never thought it could be done that way. I always did it using something like
SELECT LEFT(@string1, 10) + @Stuffing + RIGHT(@string1, LEN(@string1) - 10)


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Couldn't work out if it was a trick question or not - decided it wasn't

Thanks for the point and the question Ron

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Nice question to end the week. Thanks Ron!


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Another question about different stuff :-)
An interesting example of inserting one string into another. Never thought it could be done that way. I always did it using something like
SELECT LEFT(@string1, 10) + @Stuffing + RIGHT(@string1, LEN(@string1) - 10)


STUFF is a very powerful function that can be used for many things, but unfortunately is not very well known. I have seen people struggle with RIGHT and REVERSE or SUBSTRING and LENGTH to cut off the first three characters of a string, instead of simply using STUFF(@string, 1, 3, '').

Ron, thanks for this question. I hope it helps spread the knowledge about STUFF.


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Good question to end the week on, thanks Ron

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Thanks for a good question, I know about STUFF for replacing parts of strings but thought the '0' for the length parameter formed part of a trick question (i.e. insert no characters from @stuffing rather than delete no characters from @string1) so selected 16, not 46.

Then after getting it wrong :-( and researching the question I found this comment from Zafar Yousafi in BOL:


At first sight it might not be clear directly how to insert a character (or a string) instead of substituting characters in the original string.


To insert a string, without replacing/substituting characters in the original string you need to specify a length of 0 (zero).
SELECT STUFF('abcghi', 4, 0, 'DEF');
-- this results in 'abcDEFghi'.


So, learned something new today - thanks!

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