I would like to run a query that returns the first word only from a particular field, this field has multiple words separated by spaces, I assume I may need to carry out some regex work to accomplish this? I know how to do this using a few ways in PHP but this would best be carried out on the database side. Any ideas much appreciated. Thanks.
SELECT SUBSTRING_INDEX(`name`, ' ', 1);
Here you go 🙂
SELECT SUBSTRING_INDEX( `field` , ' ', 1 ) AS `field_first_word` FROM `your_table`
SELECT SUBSTR(field_name, 1, LOCATE(' ', field_name)) AS first_word FROM table
select substring(test_field, 1, instr(test_field, ' ')) from test_table