IF/ELSIF program in SQL

Chinese Zodiac question:

I have to write an SQL program which I have to find what animal is on my birthyear.  I need to declare a date variable birth_date and assign it to my birthdate.  Use an IF/ELSIF structure to test every year and determine the animal associated with my birth year.  
1924. - Rat
1925. - Cow
1926. - Tiger
1927. - Rabbit
1928. - Dragon
1929. - Snake
...................... - Horse
...................... - Sheep
...................... - Monkey
...................... - Chicken
...................... - Dog
1935. - Pig

output should be this
dbms_output.put_line('I was born in ' || year || ', which is the year of the ???') ??? = whatever animal is in that year.
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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
Are you using a SQL Server database?  If not, the statement below will almost certainly not work.  However, the LOGIC of how to determine the animal should work in any database/language, if you convert the SYNTAX.

SET @birth_date = 'Aug 17, 1975' --or whatever
SELECT 'I was born in ' + CAST(YEAR(@birth_date) AS CHAR(4)) + ' which is the year of the ' +
CASE (YEAR(@birth_date) - 1924) % 12
WHEN 2 THEN 'Tiger'
WHEN 11 THEN 'Pig'

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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
Note that you could of course easily go back to dates prior to 1924 if you want to: just back up 1924 by even multiples of 12 years, the rest of the logic should function perfectly.

By the way, % is the modulo (remainder) operator in SQL Server; on other systems it is MOD or \ or whatever else.
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