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Sql Server - Update Multiple Column based on a condition

Experts, in SQL Server 2012, based on a conditional statement, if the condition is true, then I need to update more than one column.

Is there a way to do it without repeating the conditional statement for every column?

What would a basic template for the query look like?


Thanks in advance.
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bobinorlando
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
UPDATE YourTable
SET ColumOne = 'banana', ColumnTwo = 'red'
WHERE pigs_fly = True

Can you expand on your question, preferably with some sample data?
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bobinorlandoAuthor Commented:
Ok I have multiple conditions I need to test (several dozen) and then perform the appropriate updates. I'm looking for the most efficient way to do this to save time.

I'm looking for some outer logic that can enclose the update statements.

e.g if SQL  were procedural I would test first and then set the column values.

If <condtion1> = true
Then
set col1 = 'a', col2 = 'b'
elseif <condition2> = true
Then
set col1 ='j', col2= 'z'

I'd love to use Set statements inside of a Case statement but that is not allowed.
e.g.

CASE
WHEN <condition1> = true
THEN set col1 = 'a', col2 ='b'
WHEN <condition2> = true
THEN set col1 = 'j', col2 ='z'
Else
END
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
Not abundantly following you, but yes you can use CASE with an update to change one column based on the condition or value in the other.

UPDATE YourTable
SET Column1 = CASE Column2 WHEN 'goo' then 1 WHEN 'foo' THEN 2 WHEN 'boo' THEN 3 END
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bobinorlandoAuthor Commented:
Yes a Set col = CASE WHEN THEN ELSE END works fine for one column.

Any way to avoid putting the conditional logic in a where clause when updating multiple columns?
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
>Any way to avoid putting the conditional logic in a where clause when updating multiple columns?

Still not sure what you're getting at.  Show us a 'before and after' dataset.

Having a WHERE clause would apply that condition to all columns being updated.
Having CASE blocks in the SET would make them specific to each column.
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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
UPDATE tn
SET
    col1 = CASE
        WHEN condition# = 1 THEN 'a'
        WHEN condition# = 2 THEN 'j'
        ...
        END,
    col2 = CASE
        WHEN condition# = 1 THEN 'b'
        WHEN condition# = 2 THEN 'z'
        ...
        END
    --,...
FROM dbo.tablename tn
CROSS APPLY (
    SELECT CASE
        WHEN <condition1> = true THEN 1
        WHEN <conidtion2> = true THEN 2
        WHEN <condition3> = true THEN 3
        ELSE 0 END AS condition#
) AS ca1
WHERE
    ca1.condition# > 0
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