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SQL | Scalar functions exercise | Create a scalar function to count the total number of letters
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Create a function called fnLetterCount which takes two parameters:
|Parameter||What it should contain|
|@First||The name of an event|
|@Second||The details for an event|
Your function should sum:
- The length in letters of the event name (using the LEN function); and
- The length in letters of the event details column (again using LEN).
Your function should then return this value as an integer. As a reminder, here's the syntax of a basic function:
CREATE FUNCTION NameOfFunction(
Test that your function works by running a query like this:
-- this should return the number 7 (4 + 3)
AS 'Number of letters'
Incorporate this function within a query to list out events in order of the total number of characters used, with the shortest first:
The first few events this query should return.
Optionally, save this as Pointless statistic.sql, then close it down.