I have strings like 'keepme:cutme' or 'string-without-separator' which should become respectively 'keepme' and 'string-without-separator'. Can this be done in PostgreSQL? I tried:
select substring('first:last' from '.+:')
SELECT split_part('first:last', ':', 1) AS first_part
Returns the whole string if the delimiter is not there. And it's simple to get the 2nd or 3rd part etc.
Substantially faster than functions using regular expression matching. And since we have a fixed delimiter we don't need the magic of regular expressions.