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Deleting unwanted characters in a field

Deleting unwanted characters in a field

Deleting unwanted characters in a field

(OP)
Hello ISQL people,

This is probably an easy one but I'm finding it difficult since I am not too great at ISQL.  I have a field that contains phone numbers and want to delete the ( ) -.  

ex..  (212)555-1212 needs to be 2125551212

I can do this in T-SQL
as
update stage_guest
set phone = replace(phone,'(','')
go
update stage_guest
set phone = replace(phone,')','')
go
 update stage_guest
set phone = replace(phone,'-','')
go

Anyone have an ISQL (Interbase 5.5) method?
I would appreciate any assistance, Thanks!

RE: Deleting unwanted characters in a field

See the UDF keyword ).
Download and install the 'free UDF library' or 'rFunc UDF library'. You can find in both package enhanced string functions like replace.

RE: Deleting unwanted characters in a field

(OP)
Thanks otto!  I had run a perl script at interbase to get my results since I had a time frame involved.  
I tried the UDF's on some other test data and suprisngly they work pretty good on data manipulation. Great advice, Thanks!  I didn't know that existed...

FYI for the PERL:

use DBI;
use dbd::odbc;

$dbh = DBI->connect("dbi:ODBC:sourcedb", "username", "password");
#phones
#select (id,phone) from guest
$sth = $dbh->prepare("select id,phone from guest");
$sth->execute();


while (@row = $sth->fetchrow_array)
{
    if ($row[1] =~ /-/ or $row[1] =~ /\(/ or $row[1] =~ /\)/)   
    {
        print "@row\n";
        $del = $row[1];
        $del =~ s/-//g;
        $del =~ s/\(//g;
        $del =~ s/\)//g;
        print "$del\n";
        $update = $dbh->prepare("update guest set phone = \"$del\" where id = $row[0]");
        $update->execute;
    }
}

#update guest
#set phone = $del where id = $row[0]


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