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Check for empty values and return something else (i.e. like ISNULL or COALESCE does for null values)

Posted on 2008-10-07
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I have empty fields in my table and i need to check for this and return another value. ISNULL and COALESCE checks for nulls only. I found this:

SELECT * FROM tbl WHERE LTRIM(RTRIM(ISNULL(fieldName'')))=''

but i didnt know how to put it in my select statement to return another value than an empty string.
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Question by:troycomp
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 250 total points
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please check out the NULLIF function:


NULLIF(LTRIM(RTRIM(yourfield)), ''), '--N/A--')

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SELECT CASE WHEN LTRIM(field) = '' OR field IS NULL THEN 'whatever' ELSE field END AS result
FROM some_table
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@angellll:
I like your approach cause its short but it didnt work

@matthew:
This worked great. Im gonna but this inside a user defined function cause i have a lot of field to pull and this will be very useful
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by:troycomp
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@angellll:

I got yours to work too:
ISNULL(NULLIF(LTRIM(RTRIM([ZIP_CODE_AN])), ''), '--N/A--')
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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sorry, was missing the ISNULL() indeed...
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