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j4ydh
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Posted - 05/13/2013 :  06:04:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello

I have a select replace statement that works like a dream apart from if the item isn't found:

REPLACE(REPLACE (Content,
'<xSomethingx>', @Something),
'<xSomethingElsex>', @SomethingElse)
AS ContentRep

So if <xSomethingElsex> isn't found within the field nvarchar(MAX) NULL is returned.

Any advice would be appreciated

Thank you in advance
J

visakh16
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Posted - 05/13/2013 :  06:48:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thats not true. It wont return NULL if it cant find search string. NULL will be returned only if any of variables like @SomethingElse has NULL value

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j4ydh
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Posted - 05/13/2013 :  07:25:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi
The results returned are NULL / NOTHING in the results pane if the <xSomethingElsex> is not in the initial string.

Should I consider IF exists or am I completely of track.

Thanks
J
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visakh16
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Posted - 05/13/2013 :  07:34:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
can you show how your sample data is?

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j4ydh
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Posted - 05/13/2013 :  07:46:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The data is HTML (table)

Snippet:

<tr><td colspan="3"><xSomethingx> <xSomethingElsex></td></tr>

nvarchar(MAX)

Replace works nicely as long as both <xSomethingx> and <xSomethingElsex> are in the string.

If the field only has <tr><td colspan="3"><xSomethingx></td></tr>

The results are "Nothing" because the parameter is also looking for <xSomethingElsex>

Regards
J
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