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Posted - 12/22/2012 :  16:33:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi guys,

First of all - thanks for all the help in the past. It has really made my life easier! :)

I have a new problem, and as far as I can see there are no easy fixes for it.

What I need is to define an array in my sproc, like {'first', 'second', 'third'}. I then need to add this to my where clause like 'where val in @array'. And then I need to order the lines according to the placement in the array.

If easier, I can also use a temp table where I use an integer for ordering, but I'm unsure about how to use that too...

Would it be just as easy for me to make a temp table, insert the values and orders and just join it to my result and then user the temp_table.order in my order by clause?


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Posted - 12/22/2012 :  16:56:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Never mind - I think I managed once I got my thouhts sorted. Helpt writing things down ;)
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Very Important crosS Applying yaK Herder

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Posted - 12/23/2012 :  01:41:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
you've different options

1. use a string parsing UDF and get the array returned as a table of values and use it in join to do filtering

so in your case

...your rest of the query
INNER JOIN dbo.ParseValues('first,second,third',',')f
ON f.Val = Yourtable.Field

ParseValues can be found in below link

2. Use string based comparison like

DECLARE @FilterList varchar(8000)

SET @FiletrList = 'First,Second,Third'

rest of query
WHERE ',' + @FilterList + ',' LIKE '%,' + YourTablefield + ',%'

there are few other methods also like XML method which is discussed in below link

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