Hello there,

I have a SQL query where I am trying to replace the code with meaningful name for a column and my SELECT looks like this

    Receipt_alias1.transactionNumber as Number,
     WHEN (Receipt_alias1.receiptType = 14)  THEN 'Received'
     WHEN (Receipt_alias1.receiptType = 18)  THEN 'Deposited'
     WHEN (Receipt_alias1.receiptType = 19)  THEN 'Cleared'
     WHEN (Receipt_alias1.receiptType = 20)  THEN 'Balance'
     WHEN (Receipt_alias1.receiptType = 22)  THEN 'Pending'
     ELSE (Receipt_alias1.receiptType )
 END) as receiptType,

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If i remove the ELSE part then my query runs and it shows those meangingful names for the column But the problem is it is skipping the records which are not included in the CASE. I want to show the code in the column if the CASE has not mentioned it. How can I achieve this.

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Anthony CarterCommented:
Not sure which database you are using, but this looks right except that Receipt_alias1.receiptType is numeric and you are using varchar for the results except in the case of the ELSE.

Try casting the value of the column to a string:

    Receipt_alias1.transactionNumber as Number,
     WHEN (Receipt_alias1.receiptType = 14)  THEN 'Received'
     WHEN (Receipt_alias1.receiptType = 18)  THEN 'Deposited'
     WHEN (Receipt_alias1.receiptType = 19)  THEN 'Cleared'
     WHEN (Receipt_alias1.receiptType = 20)  THEN 'Balance'
     WHEN (Receipt_alias1.receiptType = 22)  THEN 'Pending'
     ELSE (cast (Receipt_alias1.receiptType as varchar))
 END) as receiptType

Your code makes a new column 'receiptType' with datatype varchar , but the else sends it an INT.  Don't remember if SQL server attempts to automatically cast or not, try and see.

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