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Having fun with PARSENAME (SQL Spackle)


Having fun with PARSENAME (SQL Spackle)

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Nicely written, thanks.



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Well done.



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Great Spackle article on an underused function, Wayne. I'm not sure why it currently only has 3 1/2 stars. I gave it a 5 because it does just exactly what a Spackle article is supposed to do and it does provide a great introduction to the alternative uses that all the heavy hitters have come to love it for. Well done.

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I agree, nice Spackle article Wayne.

It included a couple of things I didn't know about PARSENAME (because I'm probably one of the ones that underutilizes it), like it returning NULL when the name consists of more than 4 parts.

Well done!


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Rich, Jason, Jeff, and Dwain - I'm glad you liked it, and I hope you learned from it.

Wayne
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I use PARSENAME all the time: it’s in my quick “design patterns” toolkit that I dip into once in a while. In addition to an IPv4 address, I’ve used it to parse a field with a mixed number of separators: for example something like “ABC/DE/F” and “MN/O”. I wrap the field in a series of nested functions (from inside out):

  • REPLACE to change “/” to “.”

  • REVERSE to change the text order. Position 4 (server name) is now at position 1 (object name): this maps the position to the left to right order of the original text.

  • PARSENAME the field

  • REVERSE the result again to get the text back in order.


  • This might seem to be overkill, but all of this uses built in T-SQL functions and runs very fast.

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    I've used this before for parsing IP Addresses as suggested.

    Re-reading the article today made me realize that I can use it in more ways, and what took me a few hours to do in C# yesterday was replaced in a half hour today.

    The scenario I had was checking URLs to see if they matched an /x/{name}/{id} pattern and convert them to an updated pattern swapping the names and id. Using ParseName I passed it in and then did an isnumeric on element1 and if so then check the tables to see if the id existed and if so return the proper format.

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    Mad Myche (3/19/2014)
    I've used this before for parsing IP Addresses as suggested.

    Re-reading the article today made me realize that I can use it in more ways, and what took me a few hours to do in C# yesterday was replaced in a half hour today.

    The scenario I had was checking URLs to see if they matched an /x/{name}/{id} pattern and convert them to an updated pattern swapping the names and id. Using ParseName I passed it in and then did an isnumeric on element1 and if so then check the tables to see if the id existed and if so return the proper format.

    Thank you,
    Mike


    That's great Mike. Glad you were able to make immediate use of it!

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    Very good article well written and logical. Learned something new and can think of immediate use for it!! Thank you

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