Split Column based on Delimiter

I need to spilt a date into two columns based on the HYPHEN

Any suggestions?



It works for EndDate but not for StartDate

 StartDate = substring([ColumnA],
                   charindex('-',[ColumnA])-10 ,

  EndDate = substring([ColumnA],
                   charindex('-',[ColumnA])+1 ,
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asked Jul 24, 2012 at 08:35 PM in Default

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select startdate= ltrim(substring([ColumnA],1,charindex('-',[ColumnA])-1))
select enddate= ltrim(substring([ColumnA],charindex('-',[ColumnA])+1,len([ColumnA])))
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answered Jul 24, 2012 at 09:43 PM

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Why do you store two dates in one column?

If possible, you should change your data model so you store the two dates in separate columns. Also store them in date or datetime columns, not as text. That will ensure you have proper dates stored.

If the two dates are collected from a text field in an app or so, you should use the application code to split the string and collect the two separate dates. String manipulation is quicker and more sophisticated in other languages than T-SQL.

If the two dates are stored like that in an external source that you are loading from, I suggest using SSIS to transform them into two different columns.

As far as the solution using T-SQL, I think sunil2711 is there, or at least close enough for you to work it out on your own.
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answered Jul 24, 2012 at 10:09 PM

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It's not my data model it was data that we received. I agree thougha very poor data model
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