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Is Immediate If available in Sql Server ?

Posted on 1998-07-22
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In Access there is a function called Immediate If ( IIF) which has the same functionality as ternary operation (?:) in C. I want to know whether there is a similar function in SQL Server.
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by:cymbolic
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Nope, the closest you can come to conditional expression is in the use of the where and having clauses on your select statements, or use of IF/Else, Case, When/Then expressions.

Your best source for info if you have installed SQL Server client utilites is in SQL Server Books online, assuming you had enough space to install those as well.
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This is not what we are looking for.
We need to use the equivalent function of IIF(MS- Access2.0)
 in MS-Sql Statements.

Like for eg. DECODE function in oracle.

select decode(a.field1>30,a.field2,decode(a.field1<20,a.field3,a.field4))
from table1 a
where <condition>
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connex earned 50 total points
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Well quite easy:
select case
    when a.field1>30 then a.field2
    when a.field <20 then a.field3
    else a.field4
from table1 wheree x=y

See also: Knowledgebase Article ID Q124243
          INF: Emulating iif() in Transact SQL

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by:Favourites
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good. I am able to solve the problem thru the answer u gave me. Thanks a lot.
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