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I am trying to create a view; one of the columns is meant to be a calculated profit percentage for the month to date sales.

e.g.

MONTH_PROF_PERC =
(i.SALES_CURMONTH - i.SALES_COST_CURMONTH) / i.SALES_CURMONTH

[i is an alias for inventory table]
However, sometimes a product hasn't sold anything for that month, so the view barfs with a divide by zero error, and hence nothing shows up.

in a real language (I hate SQL) I would simply say something like:

MONTH_PROF_PERC =
if( i.SALES_CURMONTH > 0)
    then
(i.SALES_CURMONTH - i.SALES_COST_CURMONTH) / i.SALES_CURMONTH
    else
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There must be a way to code this using SQL, perhaps as a subquery? NOTE: I can't add a where clause that prevents records where  i.SALES_CURMONTH <= 0 from showing up, that would drop certain products that have been selling great all year, but maybe not yet this month.

Thanks!

p.s. I'm using Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise 11.9.2
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Expert Comment

by:Alex_nl
ID: 2672193
Could you use a case statement here?

Something like:

MONTH_PROF_PERC = CASE i.SALES_CURMONTH WHEN 0 THEN 0 ELSE (i.SALES_CURMONTH - i.SALES_COST_CURMONTH) / i.SALES_CURMONTH END

There may be a better syntax for this but I don't have the Online Books installed here...

HTH,
Alex
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Expert Comment

by:csabay
ID: 2672851
Hi,

there is also an if-syntax to use in Sybase:

if i.sales_curmonth = 0
    month_prof_perc = 0
else
    month_prof_perc = ... &c

Charles
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Author Comment

by:stoneman
ID: 2676994
Sorry, neither of these suggestions helped. The whole context of what I am trying to do is here:

CREATE VIEW INV_ANALYSIS
AS
SELECT  i.VENDOR_6,  
        i.SKU,  
        MONTH_PROFIT = (i.SALES_CURMONTH - i.SALES_COST_CURMONTH),
        MONTH_PROF_PERC = (i.SALES_CURMONTH - i.SALES_COST_CURMONTH) / i.SALES_CURMONTH
FROM INVENTORY i
WHERE i.SALES_CURYEAR > 0


When I put either of the above into suggestions into the line for MONTH_PROF_PERC I get a syntax error near keyword if.




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by:Alex_nl
ID: 2679123
Hi stoneman,
I'm pretty sure this will work:

CREATE VIEW INV_ANALYSIS
AS
SELECT  i.VENDOR_6,  
        i.SKU,  
        MONTH_PROFIT = (i.SALES_CURMONTH - i.SALES_COST_CURMONTH),
        MONTH_PROF_PERC = CASE i.SALES_CURMONTH
                                                      WHEN 0 THEN 0 ELSE
                                                            (i.SALES_CURMONTH - i.SALES_COST_CURMONTH) / i.SALES_CURMONTH
                                                      END
FROM INVENTORY i
WHERE i.SALES_CURYEAR > 0
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Expert Comment

by:shabbirab
ID: 2770635
Just add a condition as under and this should work.

MONTH_PROF_PERC = (i.SALES_CURMONTH - i.SALES_COST_CURMONTH) / ISNULL(i.SALES_CURMONTH , 1)
AND MONTH_PROF_PERC != (i.SALES_CURMONTH - i.SALES_COST_CURMONTH)
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Expert Comment

by:shabbirab
ID: 2770641
A little too fast on that ..
Give me some time.

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Expert Comment

by:shabbirab
ID: 2770677
A little too fast on that ..
Give me some time.

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Author Comment

by:stoneman
ID: 2829408
None of these suggestions worked, sybase wouldn't
t let me save the create view. I've resorted to performing a check in my Java code instead. Thanks for the tries though!

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Expert Comment

by:knel1234
ID: 2872278
stoneman,

Are you still looking for an answer?

knel1234
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Author Comment

by:stoneman
ID: 2913088
Sure, but I'm convinced at this point it can't be done. My solution was to add a SALES_CURMONTH > 0 to the where clause. This stopped records that could produce the divide by zero, but my client wasn't too happy. It means items that are still top sellers, but for some reason haven't sold anything this month yet, would not show up in the report. If you can figure it out I'd double the points.

-stoneman
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Accepted Solution

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shabbirab earned 80 total points
ID: 2915433
If you do a Union of the Same Query with the condition SALES_CURMONTH <= 0, it should work. I mean ...

SELECT ....
MONTH_PROF_PERC =  (i.SALES_CURMONTH - i.SALES_COST_CURMONTH) / i.SALES_CURMONTH
FROM ...
WHERE ...
AND SALES_CURMONTH > 0
UNION
SELECT ....
MONTH_PROF_PERC =  0
FROM ...
WHERE ...
AND SALES_CURMONTH <= 0
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