February 18, 2008

Repeat group of characters 'n' number of times

You can use the rich in-built function set of SQL Server 2005 to perform a variety of tasks. Let us explore how to repeat a group of characters 'n' number of times and also insert space in between two strings.

Repeat a group of characters 'n' number of times

Use the REPLICATE() function to repeat a character expression for a specified number of times

SELECT REPLICATE('-',15) as Underline
displays: the character '-' 15 times ---------------

Insert space in between two strings

SPACE() function returns a string of repeated spaces depending on the number specified

SELECT 'Far' + SPACE(10) + 'Away'
displays: 'Far         Away'

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2 Responses to "Repeat group of characters 'n' number of times"
  1. danh said...
    November 11, 2009 at 11:57 PM

    I don't think that your SPACE() display string looks right...

  2. Suprotim Agarwal said...
    November 12, 2009 at 12:24 AM

    Thanks Fixed!


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