SQL SERVER – Fixing Backup Error – Operating system error 5(Access is denied.) – SQL in Sixty Seconds #077

This error has to be one of the most famous error. I have installed SQL Server quite a many times, but I keep on getting this error once in a while. This is also one of the most searched error online. I have previously blogged about this but today, I planned to create a small video on the same subject. In this video I demonstrate how one can resolve the permissions issue with this error.

ere are few other blog posts related to this error, which I have written earlier.

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

SQL SERVER – Reverse String Word By Word

Earlier I wrote a blog post where I have reversed the entire string which was passed to the function. You can read that over here User Defined Functions (UDF) to Reverse String. In that blog post I wrote a function which would reverse an entire string. However, recently I read a question in SQLBangalore where the user wanted to reverse string, but wanted to keep all the words in the same order. For example,

If the string is – “I am Pinal Dave”, it should be reversed as “Dave Pinal am I.”

Well, here is the function which does the same task.

CREATE FUNCTION [dbo].[fn_ReverseWordsInSentence]
SET  @op = ''
LEN(@ip) > 0
(' ', @ip) > 0
@op = SUBSTRING(@ip,0,CHARINDEX(' ', @ip)) + ' ' + @op
SET @ip = LTRIM(RTRIM(SUBSTRING(@ip,CHARINDEX(' ', @ip) + 1,LEN(@ip))))
@op = @ip + ' ' + @op
SET @ip = ''
-- Usage
SELECT  [dbo].[fn_ReverseWordsInSentence] ('My Name is Pinal Dave')
Dave Pinal is Name My

Let me know if you have a better way to solve this problem.

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

SQL SERVER – Puzzle – ISNUMERIC and Unexpected Results – SQL in Sixty Seconds #076

It has been a long time since I have asked, puzzled on this blog so let us have fun time together with ISNUMERIC function. If you get the correct answer to this question, I will give you one month free subscription to Pluralsight.

The question is in the form of video which is displayed here. Watch the video and answer correct question in the comment on the this blog. You have 48 hours from the time of publishing this blog to answer it correctly.

If you due to any reason, you can’t watch the video, here is the image taken from the video. I strongly suggest you watch this video to get a clear idea of the puzzle.

In the above image, when I execute first select statement, it returns me answer as 0 but when I execute the second function, it gives me answer as 1. What is passed in the second select statement in ISNUMERIC function which is producing answer as 1, even though it is not visible.

Please leave your answer as a comment to this blog post.

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

SQL SERVER – Script to Find First Day of Current Month

Earlier I wrote a blog post about SQL SERVER – Query to Find First and Last Day of Current Month and it is a very popular post. In this post, I convert the datetime to Varchar and later on use it. However, SQL Expert Michael Usov has made a good point suggesting that it is not always a good idea to convert datetime to any other date format as it is quite possible that we may need it the value in the datetime format for other operation. He has suggested a very quick solution where we can get the first day of the current month with or without time value and keep them with datatype datetime.

Here is the simple script for the same.

-- first day of month
-- with time zeroed out
-- with time as it was

Here is the resultset:

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

MySQL – UDF – Validate Integer Function

There is a default function in SQL Server called ISNUMERIC to determine if the string is numeric. In SQL Server ISNUMERIC returns 1 for non numerials also. Ex ISNUMERIC (‘,’) returns 1. To avoid this you can write a user defined function as shown over here. In MySQL, there is no default function like ISNUMERIC as in SQL Server. You need to create a similar user defined function as shown below.

CREATE FUNCTION 'udf_IsNumeric'(number_in VARCHAR(100)) RETURNS BIT
Ret BIT;
IF number_in NOT regexp '[^0123456789]' THEN
Ret:= 1;
Ret:= 0;

The above function uses Regular expression. The expression regexp ‘[^0123456789]’ will find out if the string has at least one character which is not a digit. The expression not regexp ‘[^0123456789]’ will just negate that condition so that you get the string which has all characters as a digit.

You can test this using the following example.

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

The result is

TestValue NumericTest
 ——— ———–
 999 1
TestValue NumericTest
 ——— ———–
 abc 0
TestValue NumericTest
 ——— ———–
 9+9 0
TestValue NumericTest
 ——— ———–
 $9.9 0
TestValue NumericTest
 ———— ———–
 SQLAuthority 0

You can find more examples about Regular expressions in MySQL over here.

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

SQL SERVER – MySQL – How to Concat Strings?

As a regular reader you may know that I now a days work with MySQL and SQL Server both at the same time. Working with two different products have changed quite a few things in how I write code. Here is an example of that – I changed myself about how I CONCAT strings.

Earlier with SQL Server

Earlier I used to use ‘+’ (Plus) operator when I was concatenating strings. Here is the script for the same:

SELECT 'FirstName' + ' Last Name' AS FullName;

Now with SQL Server

SELECT CONCAT('FirstName',' Last Name') AS FullName;

The reason I use the CONCAT function instead of ‘+’ (Plus) operator is because CONCAT functions work in MySQL as well.

Here is the example how the same scripts work in MySQL without changing any code.

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

SQL SERVER – Building Three-Part Name from OBJECT_ID – Database Name, Schema Name, TableName

Here is the question I recently received based on my earlier blog post – SQL SERVER – Get Schema Name from Object ID using OBJECT_SCHEMA_NAME.

“How I get three part name if the only thing I have is object_id and current database context. What I mean is that, when I query executes, I do not know for which database it is executing as the name of the database is part of the connection string. I only know the name of the object_id. I have already read your earlier article but I need further guidance. Can you help?”

Here is the script which will generate three part name based out of just object_id. For example we have object_id 1154103152 which belongs to AdventureWorks database, Sales SchemaName and SalesOrderDetails table. Here is how you can generate three part namings.


The above query will give us following result:

Instead of passing static variables you can also pass the column containing object_id into the function and get three part name of the objects.

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