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Posted Thursday, June 6, 2013 11:03 PM


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P.S. The 3 operand COALESCE will work fine if you want to return a NULL if both names are NULL. If, however, you want it to return an empty string if both names are NULL, just add '' as the 4th operand.

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Posted Friday, June 7, 2013 7:36 AM


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Wow that is super slick Jeff. Don't why none of the rest of us thought about that.

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Posted Friday, June 7, 2013 7:49 AM


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I just get lucky with being lazy, sometimes. Thanks for the feedback, Sean.

--Jeff Moden
"RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for "Row-By-Agonizing-Row".

First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column."

(play on words) "Just because you CAN do something in T-SQL, doesn't mean you SHOULDN'T." --22 Aug 2013

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Posted Friday, June 7, 2013 8:02 AM


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Jeff Moden (6/7/2013)
I just get lucky with being lazy, sometimes. Thanks for the feedback, Sean.


Nobody is consistently that lucky, that indicates a fair amount of skill laying under all that luck.


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Posted Friday, June 7, 2013 8:15 AM
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Excellent solutions.
This is just a small part of the massive procedure I am currently modifying but performance of this piece has improved.

Thanks all.
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Posted Friday, June 7, 2013 6:09 PM


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Jeff Moden (6/6/2013)
Luis Cazares (6/6/2013)
How come neither of us got that simple and effective solution? I need to go back to practice the KISS mantra.


BWAAA-HAAA!!! I have null idea of what you're talking about.


I need to remember to Keep It Simple (S...)



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Are you seriously taking the advice and code from someone from the internet without testing it? Do you at least understand it? Or can it easily kill your server?

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