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.
Hugo Kornelis, SQL Server MVP
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