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30
March

How Do I Find the Position of a Specific Character in a String Field?

I was recently asked during a SQL Reporting Services training session, how does one find a position of a specified character in a string field.

Solution

To find the position of a specified character in a string field, one can use the function CHARINDEX.

The CHARINDEX function has 3 arguments:
  • Search Text
  • String to be searched
  • Starting Position


To find the first space position in a string field:

CHARINDEX( ' ', {Tablename.Fieldname}, 1)


To find the second space position in a string field:

CHARINDEX(' ', {Tablename.Fieldname},1+CHARINDEX(' ', {Tablename.Fieldname},1))


To find the first space postion starting from the right of a string field:

Unfortunately there is not an SQL function to directly extract characters in a string field, starting from the right.  To get around this one can use the REVERSE function

CHARINDEX(' ',REVERSE({Tablename.Fieldname}),1)



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1

Smithe769

02
June
This actually answered my drawback, thank you!
2

John

11
June
Very nice site!
3

Johnny O

02
October
If you were asked in a SQL Reporting Services training session, was the question directed toward an SQL Query to obtain the answer or in SSRS itself. The above answers the question in an SQL Query, but not directly in SSRS. There is no CharIndex function within SSRS.

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