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SQL query returning null

Hi experts,

This query should return 'No value' but it returns nothing. Anyone know why? Thanks.

SELECT colA=case when updt is null then 'No value' else updt end 
FROM         (SELECT  top 1 updt
                        FROM  dsr_journal
                        where status = 'Team Ended'
                        and updt = '8/6/2011'
                        ORDER BY updt DESC) a

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8/22/2022 - Mon
Ephraim Wangoya

check what the subquery returns by itself. It may not be returning any records

SELECT  top 1 updt
                        FROM  dsr_journal
                        where status = 'Team Ended'
                        and updt = '8/6/2011'
                        ORDER BY updt DESC

that's right. the subquery returns nothing.

How can I get the main query to return 'No value' when the subquery returns nothing?

Patrick Matthews

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Try this:

IF EXISTS(SELECT  1 FROM  dsr_journal where status = 'Team Ended' and updt = '8/6/2011')
SELECT colA=COALESCE(updt,'No value')
FROM         (SELECT  top 1 updt
                        FROM  dsr_journal
                        where status = 'Team Ended'
                        and updt = '8/6/2011'
                        ORDER BY updt DESC) a
SELECT 'No value'
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Are you receiving a messagem:  (0 row(s) affected) ?

thank you