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I'd need to have a function that allows me to extract 'fields' from
within the string
I.E. (kinda pseudo code)
declare @foo as varchar(100)
set @foo = "Robert*Camarda*123 Main Street"
select EXTRACT(@foo, '*', 2) ; -- would return 'Camarda'
select EXTRACT(@foo, '*', 3) ;-- returns '123 Main Street'
select EXTRACT(@foo, '*', 0) ;-- would return entire string
select EXTRACT(@foo,'*' , 9) ;-- would return null

Extract( string, text delimiter, occurance)
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