Left function RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I need to cut a value before the x in it.

    Example, my data is 12345 x 84354

    I just need what is in front of the x, I tried using the Left function but the problem is that the number of digit in front of the x changes. It can be 23894905 x 2483429 or 142 x 028434 and many other possibilities. Is there a way to use only one side of the x?

    Thanks and best regards

    Thursday, July 25, 2019 1:57 PM

All replies

  • DECLARE @s varchar(50) = '12345 x 84354';
    SELECT LEFT(@s, CHARINDEX('x', @s) - 1);

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    Thursday, July 25, 2019 2:09 PM
  • Hi,

    Use this :

    SELECT LEFT('12345 x 84354',CHARINDEX('x','12345 x 84354',0)-1)

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    Thursday, July 25, 2019 2:12 PM
  • Hi Samuel,

    Above they both give great solution as SQL query.

    I wonder if you are need some expressions in SSRS report?

    If so, you could try:

    =split("12345 x 84354","x")(0)

    Replace the "12345 x 84354" with your data field,  this will give you the string before "x"

    Best Regards,


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    Friday, July 26, 2019 2:11 AM
  • Hi Samuel,

    You can achieve it using SubString function as well:

    SELECT SUBSTRING('12345 x 84354',1,CHARINDEX('x','12345 x 84354',0)-1)

    Hope it helps...

    Pavan Kokkula

    Friday, July 26, 2019 6:07 AM