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left and substring in universe is cast as a number

Question asked by micah.garsidewhite on Feb 2, 2016
Latest reply on Feb 12, 2016 by Raghu.Rudraraju

I am trying to parse the first section of a pcat from within a univers.  I have the location to the left of the period:

 

CHARINDEX('.', in.category_symbol)-1

 

When I try to use it in a substring or left function it will only parse as a number:

 

it is my understanding that the return from this should be a long text or character.  Does anyone have a pointer in the right direction?

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