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Supressing Divide by Zero error

Posted on 2002-04-08
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I am connection to MS-SQL 7 using ASP.NET.

I use sql statements to do some calculations. Is there a way to suppress the divide by zero error. Instead of error can it return null or zero.?

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One way is to check for 0 prior to the calculation. For example:

SELECT SUM(CASE WHEN COLUMNA = 0 THEN 0 ELSE COLUMNB/COLUMNA END)
FROM TABLE_CALCULATION

You could also use a variation on IsNull assuming the column is null and not 0.
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If you have a number of sql statements doing this it may be worthwhile to create a user defined function such as:

CREATE function dbo.divide_by_zero( @numerator decimal(38,19), @denominator decimal(38,19))
returns decimal(38,19)
as
begin
  declare @result decimal (21,2)
  if @denominator <= 0
    begin
      set  @result = 0.00
    end
  else
    begin
      set  @result = (@numerator/@denominator)
    end
  return(@result)
end

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by:fkmfkm
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I thought i can set something like ansi warning off to just ignore this error ?
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by:JamesT
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Well, you have to use SET ARITHABORT OFF. If you have a divide by zero error it will return NULL.
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I can't create a udf cause i am using 7.0
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