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break up a NAME col into FNAME, LNAME cols


break up a NAME col into FNAME, LNAME cols

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I have a NAME field that consistes of a person's full name (first, middle, last) separated by spaces. I want to separate the NAME field into FNAME, LNAME, and MNAME fields. My problem is that the names are of variable lengths so I can't use the right, left, or substring functions. I know there is a way of doing it but I haven't figured it out yet. Thanks for the help.



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See my answer in the T-SQL section

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Are you doing an Active X?

If so you could try spliting the string on the commas into an array.
arryTemp=split(NameField,",")

Any chance to have the file better formatted before it gets to you?



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May be it wikk help
declare @str varchar(30)
set @str='First Middle Last'

select left (@str,CHARINDEX(' ',@str)),
substring(@str,CHARINDEX(' ',@str)+1, charindex (' ',@str,CHARINDEX(' ',@str)+1) - CHARINDEX(' ',@str)),
right( @str, len(@str) - charindex (' ',@str,CHARINDEX(' ',@str)+1))



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This is a cross post!

I think Jonathan gave an excellent solution here
http://www.sqlservercentral.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=18145&FORUM_ID=8&CAT_ID=1&Topic_Title=Break+up+full+name+col+into+fname%2C+lname+cols&Forum_Title=T%2DSQL

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