Paul bierman wanted to know
That is, for most every county there are three versions of the county name.
Would be nice for them all to be Chittenden
Can you advise how to do that?
I suggested it may be of benefit to spend some time studying the science of databases. Here’s an SQL primer, google will point you to many more
In this case, the SQL command of interest is the UPDATE command (see here). In your particular case, the command would like like this
update VTLANDSCAPEDB set COUNTY="Chittenden" where COUNTY like "Chittenden%"
clause contains a "wild card" character — % — that ensures that any record (and ONLY those records) whose COUNTY field begins with Chittenden will be affected.
That’s well and good — but needs to be repeated for every county. Better still is a command that would change them all at once. For this, we can use a "regular expression" to match any COUNTY field ending in "Co.", and replace the " Co." part of the field with the empty string "". Hence,
UPDATE VTLANDSCAPEDB set COUNTY=REPLACE(COUNTY," Co.","") where COUNTY regexp "(.*) Co.$"
This takes care of the " Co." entries. Repeat with a slight modifiction
UPDATE VTLANDSCAPEDB set COUNTY=REPLACE(COUNTY," Co","") where COUNTY regexp "(.*) Co$"
A discussion of Regular Expressions is beyond the scope of this note. I tried this on my test database, and it seemed to work just fine.