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Jul 8, 1999

I am a novice in data base designing. I have MS certification in both design, implementation and administration. Can anyone help me provide information regarding converting from Cobol flat files to sql server tables ?
I will be very grateful.. This is my first assignment.. Got to prove myself... help....

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If last characer is one of these alphanumeric charactersJ -1
K -2
L -3
M -4
N -5
O -6
P -7
Q -8
R -9
} -0it means that complete value is negative and last character is the equivalent numeric in table above.CREATE FUNCTION [dbo].[fnCobol2Int]
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E 12°55'05.25"
N 56°04'39.16"

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