Chan Chan - 4 months ago 8
SQL Question

How to concatenate strings and commas in SQL Server?

I'm relatively new to MSSQL, so sorry if the question might sounds trivial. I want to concatenate multiple fields with a delimiter

,
. However, when the field is empty, the extra
,
will be included in the result string as well. So is there an easy way to solve this problem? For example,

SELECT VRI.Street_Number_and_Modifier + ',' +
VRI.Street_Direction + ',' +
VRI.Street_Name + ',' +
VRI.Street_Direction + ',' +
VRI.Street_Suffix + ',' +
VRI.Street_Post_Direction + ',' +
VRI.Unit
FROM View_Report_Information_Tables VRI

Answer

If the columns are empty instead of null, you can try this:

SELECT VRI.Street_Number_and_Modifier 
    + CASE WHEN VRI.Street_Number_and_Modifier <> '' THEN ', ' ELSE '' END
       + VRI.Street_Direction
    + CASE WHEN VRI.Street_Direction <> '' THEN ', ' ELSE '' END
       + VRI.Street_Name
    + CASE WHEN VRI.Street_Name <> '' THEN ', ' ELSE '' END
       + VRI.Street_Direction
    + CASE WHEN VRI.Street_Direction <> '' THEN ', ' ELSE '' END
       + VRI.Street_Suffix
    + CASE WHEN VRI.Street_Suffix <> '' THEN ', ' ELSE '' END
       + VRI.Street_Post_Direction
    + CASE WHEN VRI.Street_Post_Direction <> '' THEN ', ' ELSE '' END
       + VRI.Unit
    + CASE WHEN VRI.Unit<> '' THEN ', ' ELSE '' END
FROM View_Report_Information_Tables VRI