SQL SERVER – UDF – Validate Integer Function

I received quite a good feedback about my post about SQL SERVER – Validate Field For DATE datatype using function ISDATE()

One of the most interesting comment I received from my reader from Canada. I was suggested just like ISDATE() to write about ISNUMERIC() which can be used to validate numeric values.

As per BOL:
ISNUMERIC returns 1 when the input expression evaluates to a valid numeric data type; otherwise it returns 0. ISNUMERIC returns 1 for some characters that are not numbers, such as plus (+), minus (-), and valid currency symbols such as the dollar sign ($).

Now this is issue with ISNUMERIC() function. It even suggest variable as numeric when it is not. I use following function to validate instead of ISNUMERIC() to validate if number is numeric or not.

CREATE FUNCTION dbo.udf_IsNumeric
@Number VARCHAR(100)
@Ret BIT
IF LEFT(@Number, 1) = '-'
SET @Number = SUBSTRING(@Number, 2, LEN(@Number))
IF (PATINDEX('%[^0-9-]%’, @Number) = 0
, @Number) <= 1
AND @Number NOT IN ('.', '-', '+', '^')
AND @Number NOT LIKE '%-%')
SET @Ret = 1
@Ret = 0

SELECT '999' TestValue,dbo.udf_IsNumeric('999') NumericTest;
SELECT 'abc' TestValue,dbo.udf_IsNumeric('abc') NumericTest;
SELECT '9+9' TestValue,dbo.udf_IsNumeric('9+9') NumericTest;
SELECT '$9.9' TestValue,dbo.udf_IsNumeric('$9.9') NumericTest;
SELECT 'SQLAuthority' TestValue,dbo.udf_IsNumeric('SQLAuthority') NumericTest;

TestValue NumericTest
——— ———–
999 1

TestValue NumericTest
——— ———–
abc 0

TestValue NumericTest
——— ———–
9+9 0

TestValue NumericTest
——— ———–
$9.9 0

TestValue NumericTest
———— ———–
SQLAuthority 0
This function is part of my personal script library and source of this function was not listed with it. I searched online and found similar function online here. There is in-depth analysis of ISNUMERIC() function and its test. I encourage my readers to read that article as well.

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

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13 thoughts on “SQL SERVER – UDF – Validate Integer Function

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  2. Hi Pinalkumar

    I just tested on 2 different instances and cannot confirm your results. NumericTest always return 1. Something seems wrong here.

    SQL Server 2005, my @@VERSION:

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – 9.00.3068.00 (Intel X86) Feb 26 2008 18:15:01
    Copyright (c) 1988-2005 Microsoft Corporation Express Edition on Windows NT 5.2 (Build 3790: Service Pack 2)

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – 9.00.4035.00 (Intel X86) Nov 24 2008 13:01:59
    Copyright (c) 1988-2005 Microsoft Corporation Standard Edition on Windows NT 6.0 (Build 6001: Service Pack 1)


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  4. Hi Pinal,
    Thank you for the UDF,I have a similar requirement for validating for numbers .my requirement is to check a varchar has got only numbers ,we are validating for telephone column and we are not strictly to be a valid telephone number,all we require is a number not any other charecters or wild charecters,is there any function to do this.I have tried regular expressions but no luck and performence is very bad.

    Many Thanks


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