Earlier this week, I was delivering Advanced BI training on the subject of “SQL Server 2008 R2”. I had a great time delivering the session. During the session, we talked about SQL Server 2012 Denali. Suddenly one of the attendees suggested his displeasure for the product. He said, even though, SQL Server is now in moving very fast and have proved many times a better enterprise solution, it does not have some basic functions. I naturally asked him for an example and he suggested CONCAT() which exists in MySQL and Oracle.
The answer is very simple – the equivalent function in SQL Server to CONCAT() is ‘+’ (plus operator without quotes).
Method 1: Concatenating two strings
SELECT 'FirstName' + ' ' + 'LastName' AS FullName
Method 2: Concatenating two Numbers
SELECT CAST(1 AS VARCHAR(10)) + 'R' + CAST(2 AS VARCHAR(10))
Method 3: Concatenating values of table columns
SELECT FirstName + ' ' + LastName
Well, this may look very simple but sometimes it is very difficult to find the information for simple things only.
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Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)