A character string.
The number of characters to return. If Number_Of_Characters is positive, the function returns Number_Of_Characters of characters from the beginning of Input_String. If Number_Of_Characters is negative, the function returns LEN( Input_String ) - Number_Of_Characters from the beginning of Input_String. Numeric
Returns a portion of a string, starting with the leftmost character.
LEFT() returns a character string containing the left-most Number_Of_Characters of the Input_String. LEFT( Input_String, Number_Of_Characters) achieves the same result as SUBSTR(Input_String, 1, Number_Of_Characters).
dim firstname as C firstname = "Beverley" ? left(firstname, 2) = "Be" ? left(firstname, -2) = "Beverl"