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Return value only if column is NULL

Posted on 2013-01-17
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Last Modified: 2013-01-17
I want to return a value only if the column is null.

isnull(MenuName, 'Not Used') AS MenuUsage

Something like the above... If it is null, I want the column to be 'Not Used'
If it is not null, I want it blank and to say nothing, I don't want it to return the Menu Name.

How do I do that?

Question by:Starr Duskk
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by:Jim Horn
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CASE COALESCE(MenuName, 'Not Used')
   WHEN 'Not Used' THEN 'Not Used' ELSE '' END

COALESCE eturns the first non-null value, which will either be the contents of MenuName, or in this case an empty string ''

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thombeck earned 1920 total points
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use :

   Case when MenuName is Null
     Then 'Not Used'
     Else ''

Author Closing Comment

by:Starr Duskk
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Expert Comment

by:Jim Horn
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Please explain how my solution did not meet your needs.
After re-reading your question a couple of times I'm not seeing anything that was missed.

Author Comment

by:Starr Duskk
ID: 38789773
yours errored when I used it with an integer field and the other did not.
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Expert Comment

by:Jim Horn
ID: 38789927
Fair enough

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