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sql server : Table has blank values in some fields and need to replace with 'NULL'

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I have table which has blank space in some fields. I need to replace with NULL i.e. instead of blank spaces I need null values
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Question by:sonawanekiran
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by:Lee Savidge
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update mytable set mycolumn = null where len(ltrim(rtrim(mycolumn))) = 0
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by:Ioannis Paraskevopoulos
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Hi,

Do you want to check specific fields, or do you want to check for every field of the table?

Giannis
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by:sonawanekiran
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@jyparask : For every field
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by:Lee Savidge
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Modify my above statement to include your list of fields and it'll work just fine.
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by:sonawanekiran
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Or better way if I can do like this..

Select "name" -> if name fields is blank then select null
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Ioannis Paraskevopoulos earned 500 total points
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Hi,

The code bellow is reusable and it takes as a parameter the table name.

It searches for string type fields and updates them. I hope it gives you an idea of what to do if you want to search for other datatypes.

This is for view only. If you want it to actually do some work you may replace the 'PRINT' with 'EXEC'

DECLARE	@TableName VARCHAR(100)
SET		@TableName = 'YourTableName'
DECLARE	@TableField VARCHAR(100)

DECLARE UpdateTableFields CURSOR
FOR		SELECT	C.Name
FROM	SYS.OBJECTS O
		JOIN SYS.COLUMNS C
			ON C.OBJECT_ID = O.OBJECT_ID
		JOIN SYS.TYPES T
			ON C.USER_TYPE_ID = T.USER_TYPE_ID
WHERE	O.NAME = @TableName
		AND T.Name IN
			(
				'text',
				'ntext',
				'varchar',
				'char',
				'nvarchar',
				'nchar',
				'sysname'				
			)

OPEN UpdateTableFields

FETCH NEXT FROM UpdateTableFields 
INTO @TableField

WHILE @@FETCH_STATUS = 0
BEGIN
	
	PRINT
	(
		'UPDATE ' + @TableName + ' SET ' + @TableField + ' = NULL WHERE ' + @TableField + ' = '''''
	)

    FETCH NEXT FROM UpdateTableFields 
	INTO @TableField
END 
CLOSE UpdateTableFields
DEALLOCATE UpdateTableFields

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by:sonawanekiran
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Thanks @jyparask:
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