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CASE WHEN is null - SQL Server

Posted on 2013-06-14
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select 
    case col when null then 'No' else 'Yes' end 
 from table

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The yes comes through but the No part comes back as null.

How to fix?  Using SQL Server  I've tried numerous variations with no success.
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Question by:patriotpacer
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by:DOSLover
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Please try this:
select 
case when col is NULL then 'No' 
        when col is Not NULL then 'Yes' 
end as isANull
from table

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by:patriotpacer
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This gives same results

select case when col IS null then 'No' when col IS not null then 'Yes' end from table
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by:Qlemo
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Though the expression used is redundant, it should work. The "correct" and necessary code is
select case when col is NULL then 'No'  else 'Yes' end as isNotNull from table

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You can also try the reversed logic:
select case when col is not NULL then 'Yes'  else 'No' end as isNotNull from table

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by:DOSLover
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Does the column show 'NULL' when listed? or the filed contains ''? Can you please list some rows from the table, listing few of both?
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by:patriotpacer
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My apologies.  Won't be able to test until Monday.
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PortletPaul earned 125 total points
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the core difference is the small word "IS" (when columnx IS NULL ...)
and if columnx might also be an empty string, then the case expression could be:

select case when ( columnx IS NULL or columnx = '' ) then 'No'  else 'Yes' end as isNotNull from table

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by:vivekkumarSharma
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select 
    case isnull(col,'') when '' then 'No' else 'Yes' end 
 from table

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Alternatively

select 
    case when col is null then 'No' else 'Yes' end 
 from table

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by:patriotpacer
ID: 39254259
I appreciate all the help.  I did try every solution but all gave me the same result - which the Yes values come through but No values always came null.

I did a workaround with an "isnull" wrapped around me case statement to get it to work.

Given the pattern and knowledge posted here, I'm assuming this is still an issue on my side.  

But I do believe the solutions posted will work in most cases, so I'm going to close out this question.

I really appreciate all the help.
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