conditional union

I have one select - if null results - want to union it with another select - is that possible?  To have a conditional union?
tbaseflugAsked:
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Aneesh RetnakaranDatabase AdministratorCommented:
You dont really need a join here
 Just check @@ROWCOUNT

 SELECT Col1,Col2..FROM table1
IF @@ROWCOUNT = 0
 SELECT Val1 as Col1 , val2 as Col2 ... from someOtherTable
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tbaseflugAuthor Commented:
well - I am returning it back to a asp.net page and really didn't want to have to check for another conditional datatable if possible
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Aneesh RetnakaranDatabase AdministratorCommented:
You can do all these in one step
there is actually no direct way to implement what you are intending , your other option is to add another column, to indicate from which statement the results are coming back

SELECT Col1, Col2 , 1 as Status
from Table1
UNION ALL
SELECT Col5, Col2, 2 as Status
from table2

Now you can do a check on status column at the asp side
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tbaseflugAuthor Commented:
thanks - let me give it a shot
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