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I've inherited a database where the creator seems to not like using NULLs.    There are text fields that cannot be NULLs and instead are set to blank.   I need to join on these fields.   I need to join between two tables where there are records that have blank for a value.  I do not want the records that are returned where they are blank.  A normal JOIN will match on there unwanted blank data values.  How can I do  JOIN to get around this?
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by:Lee Savidge
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Use nullif() on the join
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by:Jim Horn
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Just add an extra condition?
SELECT b.* 
FROM burgerjoints b
   JOIN recordstores r ON b.id = r.id AND ISNULL(b.id, '') <> '' 

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by:Pawan Kumar
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Use this

SELECT b.* 
FROM burgerjoints b
   JOIN recordstores r ON ISNULL(b.id, -999) = ISNULL(r.id,-999)

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by:HLRosenberger
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I have never used nullif. How is it used on a JOIN?
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by:Pawan Kumar
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Try this

SELECT b.* 
FROM burgerjoints b
   JOIN recordstores r ON ISNULL(b.id, -999) = ISNULL(r.id,-999)

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by:HLRosenberger
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Is it as simple as this.  This seems to work.

INNER JOIN dbo.DEPREC ON dbo.calibration_test.instrument = dbo.DEPREC.dep_ser and calibration_test.instrument <> ''
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Scott Pletcher earned 500 total points
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Do not use any function in any JOIN unless it's absolutely unavoidable, because it makes the comparison "non-sargable".  And ISNULL and NULLIF are always avoidable.

INNER JOIN dbo.DEPREC ON
    dbo.calibration_test.instrument > '' AND
    dbo.calibration_test.instrument = dbo.DEPREC.dep_ser
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by:Jim Horn
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Scott is correct, forgot about that, so I'm going to amend my first comment.  
Since there are no NULLs in the column per stated requirements, no need to handle them.
SELECT b.* 
FROM burgerjoints b
   JOIN recordstores r ON b.id = r.id AND b.id <> ''

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by:HLRosenberger
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Thanks!!!
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