SQL | Calculations exercise | Use the LEN function to show events with the shortest names

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Software ==> SQL  (198 exercises)
Version ==> Any version of SQL Server
Topic ==> Calculations  (7 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
Courses ==> Introduction to SQL  /  Fast-track SQL
Before you can do this exercise, you'll need to download and unzip this file (if you have any problems doing this, click here for help). Once you've done this:
  1. Go into SQL Server Management Studio;
  2. Open the SQL file you've just unzipped (you can press CTRL + O to do this); then
  3. Execute this script.

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To do this exercise, you'll need to know that you can use the LEN function to work out how many characters there are in a bit of text.  For example, this query:

-- how big is Wise Owl?

SELECT LEN('Wise Owl')

Would return this result:

Length of Wise Owl

There are 8 characters in this text string, including the space.


Use this nugget of information to create a query listing out each event with the length of its name, with the "shortest event" first:

Shortest events

The first few events in the list.


Save this query as Shortest events, then close it down.

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