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TSQL Character Split Function in SQL Server

SQL split function is a common request from T-SQL developers. Since I also required split string functions in SQL Server environment, I create user defined functions for splitting string using seperator characters. But recently while reading MSDN Transact-SQL forums, I see that one of the sql developers require a split sql function to set a part each character in the input parameter without using any seperator character.

The given SQL Server split function in this t-sql tutorial returns each alpha-numeric character of the input string in different rows in order back to the user as output. One important task for this string function is it adds additional null values between characters, if there is a numeric character in the input string.

For example if the input string for split function is "A2B" then the output is expected as "A,NULL,NULL,B" each in different rows.

Here is the source SQL code of the string split function created for this task.

 @str_in VARCHAR(8000)
RETURNS @strtable TABLE (id int identity(1,1), strval VARCHAR(8000))



DECLARE @tmpStr VARCHAR(8000), @tmpChr VARCHAR(5), @ind INT = 1, @nullcnt INT = 0
SELECT @tmpStr = @str_in

WHILE LEN(@tmpStr) >= @ind

 SET @tmpChr = SUBSTRING(@tmpStr,@ind,1)
 IF ISNUMERIC(@tmpChr) = 0
  INSERT INTO @strtable SELECT @tmpChr
  WHILE @nullcnt < @tmpChr
   SET @nullcnt = @nullcnt + 1
 SELECT @ind = @ind + 1, @nullcnt = 0




When we test the above user defined function using the below command:

SELECT * from dbo.SPLIT('sql1split2function')

The output select list of the sql split function will be as follows:

character based sql split string in SQLServer

T-SQL programmers can find a long list of split function examples in the following tutorials:
MS SQL Server Recursive T-SQL Sample Split Function
Split String using XML
Case Sensitive SQL Split Function for SQL Server Developers
SQL Server String Split T-SQL CLR Function Sample
T-SQL Split User Defined Function discussion

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