How to use case in insert into select statement?

Dear Experts,

Is below statement is true or can you offer an alternative?

Table TA (x,y,z,t)
Table TB (a,b,c,d)

insert into TA (x,y,z,t) select a,b,c,(case when c=1 then 'XXX' else TB.d end)

Please be careful that if c=1 then assign constant value 'XXX' else assign value of column d)

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insert into TA (x,y,z,t) select a,b,c,(case when c=1 then 'XXX' else d end) from tb
slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
>>insert into TA (x,y,z,t) select a,b,c,(case when c=1 then 'XXX' else TB.d end)

you are missing the FROM TB after the select.

Just like the last two questions:  Looks good.

Just set up some test tables and try it.
insert into TA (x,y,z,t) select a,b,c, decode(c,1,'XXX',d) from tb

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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
Missed something:
then 'XXX' else TB.d

Since 'XXX' is a string, TB.d will need to be a varcahr2 or similar string variable.  if it is a number or a date, you will likely get an error.  You will need to convert TB.d to a string datattype by using TO_CHAR and the appropriate formatting.
actually, since 'XXX' is a string, and it's the first return result in the CASE, it's determining the data type of the rest of the case results,  so anything else will be implicitly converted to text (char)

so, you probably won't get an error, but you might get funny results if your data converts into a format you don't want.

So, TO_CHAR with an explicit format for non-text data is a good idea.

Same applies to the DECODE alternative
slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:

SQL> select case when 1=1 then 'XXX' else 1 end from dual
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-00932: inconsistent datatypes: expected CHAR got NUMBER

SQL> select case when 1=1 then 'XXX' else to_char(1) end from dual;
GurcanKAuthor Commented:
Thanks all, fortunately data-types are the same.
interesting - I stand corrected.  Thanks!

I know I've seen the first element determine data types before.  Maybe it was a bug in older versions.

Does work with decode though


and thanks again!
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