computed column SQL 2008 if statement

I have a duration column in SQL that is (datediff(minute,[InTime],[OutTime])). Then I sum the status during that duration to get the % time spent in each status. My question is the most current status does not have an OutTime yet and therefore no duration, thus it is being excluded from the %.

What I would like to do is use Getdate() as the OutTime so that when a query is ran it is always recalculated to the current time. Key is that OutTime needs to remain null.

I was thinking (if(OutTime is null, datediff(minute,[InTime],GetDate()), datediff(minute,[InTime],[OutTime])))

I get an error validating field when I do that. I guess I could throw it in a view and query that instead.
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bhiebAuthor Commented:
Perfect, so as long as I don't make this persistent it will recalc every time it is called?
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
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Same expression you have now, but use an ISNULL function to replace null values with the GETDATE:

Declare @dt datetime = GETDATE()
datediff(minute,[InTime],ISNULL([OutTime], @dt)) as duration

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A case can also be made to remove all rows WHERE OutTime IS NULL from the query, as it is somewhat of a false statement as who knows how long the duration will be of what's in progress..
You should be able to use ISNULL.  


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Hope this helps,

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