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andypgill
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Posted - 11/30/2012 :  10:03:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi All

I have a field (subjective) that can contain numbers or text.

What I am trying to do is create a calculated field that shows a 1 if subjective begins with a 4 and show 2 if it doesn't.

I have tried

CASE
WHEN left(f.subjective,1),= '4' THEN 1
else 2
END AS CalculatedPrice

I get the error "An expression of non-boolean type specified in a context where a condition is expected, near ','"

If I try

CASE
WHEN cast(left(f.subjective,1),varchar(50)) = '4' THEN 1
else 2
END AS CalculatedPrice

I get the error "'varchar' is not a recognized built-in function name"

Similar if I try nvarchar.

Thanks


jimf
Flowing Fount of Yak Knowledge

USA
2869 Posts

Posted - 11/30/2012 :  10:12:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Both have syntax errors in them
CASE
WHEN left(f.subjective,1),= '4' THEN 1
else 2
END AS CalculatedPrice

CASE
WHEN left(cast(f.subjective as varchar(50)),1) = '4' THEN 1
else 2
END AS CalculatedPrice


Jim

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