Convert list values from 1440.00, 1450.00, 1450A to 1440 1450, 1450A RRS feed

  • Question

  • My sql statement returns values and as is converting them to decimal rather than leaving them as text.

    How can I force display to leave them as text?

    Thanks in advance....

    Monday, May 27, 2019 12:38 PM

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  • Hi,

    You have to cast to varchar :

    CAST(Values AS VARCHAR(50))

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    Monday, May 27, 2019 12:43 PM

    But this is a text already, 


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    Monday, May 27, 2019 12:44 PM
  • that is part of the challenge; all the values should be text. 

    TSQL is interpreting 1440 as a number and converting to 1440.00 ; and it is (correctly ) interpreting 1450A as text

    Monday, May 27, 2019 4:22 PM
  • No one can effectively provide help by guessing - and that is what you force others to do by posting a description of your query but not posting the query (or the related DDL). In addition, something "unique" is occurring if, for the same column, you think the query is intrepreting a value as numeric or string. If you are using Excel, then the issue is more likely to be with Excel and not with sql server. Regardless, help others help you - post the query, some sample data, and how you know that something is interpreted as numeric vs. text. 
    Monday, May 27, 2019 4:28 PM
  • Hi BadgerBoy14487,

    You could try below query to see whether it works or not

    select case when CHARINDEX('.',num)=0 then num else left(num,CHARINDEX('.',num)-1) end as a from (
    select '1440.00'  as num
    union all
    select '1450.00'  as num
    union all
    select '1440A'  as num)t
    (3 rows affected)

    Best Regards,
    Zoe Zhi

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    Tuesday, May 28, 2019 3:15 AM