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Databases Reporting with SQL Working with Text Creating Excerpts

Where am I going wrong?

SELECT SUBSTR(first_name, 1, 1) || " " || last_name AS initial FROM customers;

Says expecting results like "L Chalkley" not "L Chalkley". How is this not letting me through?

1 Answer

Mark Sebeck
Mark Sebeck
Treehouse Moderator 33,558 Points

You are close Brian. You want to replace || " " || with a comma and move the as initial to after first name.

So something like: SELECT SUBSTR(first_name, 1, 1) AS initial , last_name FROM customers;

You are just trying to select the data. Not format it for display

This did the trick! Thank you.