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From:Jorge Bastos Date:July 3 2007 8:38am
Subject:Fw: Stripping whitespace from a select
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you can trim() the field to remove the spaces in the beginning and end os 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Leigh Sharpe" <lsharpe@stripped>
To: "win32" <win32@stripped>
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2007 3:45 AM
Subject: Stripping whitespace from a select

Hi All,
 I have a table which contains phone numbers. I want to extract these
phone numbers in a common format, but they have not been entered the
same way. Is there any easy way of removing whitespace and brackets in
one go? The best I can come up with so far is this rather ugly one:

SELECT REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(phone_work,"(",""),")", "" ), "
", "" ),"-","") FROM contacts WHERE phone_work!="";

Which will remove all "(", ")", "-", and spaces. Suerly there's a better


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Fw: Stripping whitespace from a selectJorge Bastos3 Jul