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Lisa Callahan
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Dynamic SQL CASE STATEMENT in a text string

I have created some code that will replace values using one long string. The problem is that the syntax is different if there is a NULL value in the variable.

I have the following SQL:

SET     Parameters = '<ParameterValues><ParameterValue><Name>SPLC</Name><Value>' + @SPLC + '</Value></ParameterValue></ParameterValues>'

that I want to replace with a CASE STATEMENT for the @SPLC value:

CASE WHEN @SPLC is null THEN '</ParameterValue>' ELSE '<Value>' + @SPLC + '</Value></ParameterValue>'

so the new code would look like this:

SET     Parameters = '<ParameterValues><ParameterValue><Name>SPLC</Name><Value>' + CASE WHEN @SPLC is null THEN '</ParameterValue>' ELSE '<Value>' + @SPLC + '</Value></ParameterValue>' + '</ParameterValues>'

But I can't figure it out.

Thank you!
Microsoft SQL Server

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8/22/2022 - Mon

You're missing an END for the CASE

SELECT '<ParameterValues><ParameterValue><Name>SPLC</Name><Value>' 
          + CASE  
              WHEN @SPLC is null THEN '</ParameterValue>' 
              ELSE '<Value>' + @SPLC + '</Value></ParameterValue>' + '</ParameterValues>' 

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But that produces this, which isn't valid XML (if that's what you're after)

Lisa Callahan

Thank you. That does get me a bit further but you are correct in that is not what I am after. I want the string to look like this if the value is not null:

<ParameterValues><ParameterValue><Name>SPLC</Name><Value>' + @SPLC + '</Value></ParameterValue></ParameterValues>

and this if the value is null:


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Lisa Callahan


This is exactly what I am after. Thank you for the very helpful explanation as well. I am always trying to improve my coding :)
Your help has saved me hundreds of hours of internet surfing.

You're welcome. Glad it helped :)