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Posted on 2014-12-17
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Hello...

I'd like to write a query that gives me ((Field A + Field B) - (Field C + Field D))

I get a blank, perhaps NULL, if any of the fields are null.  Thus Field A may be 22 but if fields C, D or E are null then the answer appears to be null.

Any Advice.
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by:Bill Bach
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You don't mention the exact version of PSQL, but the later versions support the IFNULL() function.  Basically, if the field is non-null, the field is returned.  If it is null, the alternate value is returned.  In arithmetic like this, it would simply be:
    ((IFNULL(FieldA,0) + IFNULL(FieldB,0)) - (IFNULL(FieldC,0) + IFNULL(FieldD,0)))
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by:classnet
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Sorry... should have clarified.  I'm want to sum up... thus:

SUM ((IFNULL(FieldA,0) + IFNULL(FieldB,0)) - (IFNULL(FieldC,0) + IFNULL(FieldD,0))) = Something

IFNULL isn't a valid scalar function...
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by:Bill Bach
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IFNULL() is certainly valid in the current release:
    http://docs.pervasive.com/products/database/psqlv11/wwhelp/wwhimpl/js/html/wwhelp.htm#href=ODBC/scalarfunc.05.6.html#1138644

Perhaps you can try ISNULL() instead.  Better yet, include the exact version number that you ARE using....
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by:classnet
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I get a "Invalid scalar funtion: ISNULL" or IFNULL.

Using version 11.
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Very odd.  I just ran this test query on PSQLv11.30 using the DEMODATA database:
   SELECT ISNULL(Last_Name,'') FROM Person
and it works fine.  Can you test the same query?  I also ran it with IFNULL(), too.
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No idea what the issue is... everything is return the same error.
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Bill Bach earned 2000 total points
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I checked the PSQLv10 documentation from 2007, and both IFNULL and ISNULL are supported there.  So, ALL versions of v11 should work, too.   Are you accessing data on your LOCAL machine, or on a REMOTE server?  If a remote server, right-click the Server Name in the PCC and select Properties.  When prompted at the login box, click cancel, an dyou should see the version of the database engine on the server.

If you are using a local engine, do you have a full PSQL installation, or do you have a custom installation from an application vendor, such as Sage (Timberline).  This vendor provides a custom ODBC driver and may not support the IFNULL function.
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I reinstalled Pervasive and now all is well...
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