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Re: Can TO_NUMBER Do This?

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Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2000 21:59:37 +0200
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Try a combination of replace and to_number

to_number(replace(<column>,'()')) (of the top of my head)


Ed Bittel <> on 08/28/2000 09:26:27 PM

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Against the repeated urging of the DBA (me), a developer insisted on creating all the numeric columns of his new appliction's tables as VARCHAR2. (Don't ask me why! I've explained it to him several times to no avail.)


Negative values are represented in the tables with parenthesis
(e.g., '(34,989.89)'). He needs to convert these character
values to numeric so he can do some math.

I know you can parenthesize values when doing a TO_CHAR like this:

   select to_char(f1,'999D99PR') from test where f1=-123.45



However, if this doesn't appear to work with the to_number function, at least in my case.

Any ideas how to convert at string like '(1,234.87)' to a numeric value?


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