On 1/16/2013 4:11 PM, Kevin Ellis wrote: > dpb <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message <email@example.com>... >> On 1/16/2013 3:21 PM, Kevin Ellis wrote: >> ... >> >> > Thanks for attempting the solution.... >> >> What was wrong with it, specifically? >> >> -- > > Adding zeros to the shorter account numbers is easy to do, but I didn't > understand how the zeros would "be sorted out" and what specific > function would do that (sscanf?,textscan?).
You wouldn't have to, that was just an optional suggestion.
Whether it is a good idea or not is dependent on what you do w/ the account numbers later on--if they're just arbitrary numbers and nothing is done with them in database searches or somesuch then it may make no difference--often, however, folks do things like sort if there is some sort of a key that caused a given number to be generated or the like. It would be entirely dependent upon the application. There's some symmetry in having a consistent length--again whether it's of any value for reports, etc., is application-dependent.
The solution I gave reproduced your values for your sample set afaik. I was wondering what was wrong with it that you weren't apparently satisfied and went to something else you said you didn't like.