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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • For a short term or one-time solution, I would read up on the string parsing and regular expresssions functions in Oracle.

    As a general recipe you could parse one version of this string and reconstruct to match against the other. For example, using substr() (in SQL) for string extraction and using "||" to join the result back together. Depending on the actual problem, you may need to use Regex power.

    For a longer term solution, it would be ideal to normalize that data in database, and store it in ideal format
    • Unfortunately I cannot change the database. They did wondeful things with it. Only using CHAR even if it was a DATE and it is ALL padded with spaces. If the data is 8 characters long in a 10 charater field then I get 2 padded spaces. I have rtrim() all over the place. It sucks.

      I "may" be able to do the view...not sure if I am allowed to do even that. So that leaves me with the substr() option I guess.