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Challenge-1 text column to many columns

Okay, brainiacs, I need some help.  I have a field in a database that is
defined as text and contains some characters and some bars (|).  The bar
separates the values in the field into columns.  For example,


would mean 4 columns equal to:

A: 5235D4793912C9O
B: 120543
D: 385

Does anyone know how I can change this single column into the 4 columns in a
single SQL statement?  And the number of columns can vary up to a large
number, let's say 50 for now.  I really don't want to use a stored procedure
or variables if possible.


Look up PARSENAME function in SQL Server Books Online. You can replace '|'
with '.' and use it to extract individual values. Alternatively, you can use
CHARINDEX & SUBSTRING functions to get them too. The archives of this
newsgroup should have several examples.



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Create some data in Pubs db in S2005.

create table MsSteph (RowID int primary key,DelStr varchar(100))
insert MsSteph values(1,'5235D4793912C9O|120543||385')
insert MsSteph values(2,'666||ABC')

Make the data available to Dataphor.

Reconcile(Name("Pubs")); //

Sql without flotsam.

   numbers //table of digits (num) from 0-100.
    times //Like a cross join
     (                  //Get the count (Cnt) of the items in the list.
      MsSteph add{DelStr.Split({'|'}).Count() Cnt}
      with {ShouldSupport='false'} //S2005 doesn't know Split form spit -:)
       where num<=Cnt-1
    )           //Get each item in the list with Split operator, Del is '|'.
       {RowID,num Index,DelStr.Split({'|'})[num] Str}
    //Join result to a table based on a list for a character index (AlphaID)
    //Join is a natural join on Index.
        {RowID,Index+1 Index,AlphaID,Str}
          order by {RowID,Index};

RowID Index AlphaID Str
----- ----- ------- ---------------
1     1     A       5235D4793912C9O
1     2     B       120543
1     3     C
1     4     D       385
2     1     A       666
2     2     B
2     3     C       ABC


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