Recently, I had to pull customer numbers out of strings from an excel sheet. Sure, you can use trickery like spaces to columns or regex. Excel is pretty powerful, if you know all of the text tools at your disposal. This is how I extracted the numbers for random text
I recently had to use back end data from SQL Server to deliver several reports in excel. All of my SQL code gave me results in seconds; however, the users had distinct formatting requests. I would have to use a few excel tricks to get things just right in each report.
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I’ll be the first to say, the switch from DTS to SSIS was painful. DTS would go through a lot of implicit conversions so you didn’t have to worry or think about them. But SSIS was not as merciful. From different fields lengths to different encodings, SSIS wants you to be specific. Sometimes, it is just quicker to use some excel trickery than figuring out that you should have defined a column as a String 65 instead of the default String 50. We will use the CountryList.csv file and CountryList table from the original Importing Data in SQL Server post. … Continue reading Importing Data into SQL Server – Using Excel Shortcuts