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COALESCE - 2


COALESCE - 2

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Easy one for Friday Smile
As COALESCE always picks up the first not null value from LOV, it was easy to guess the answer.

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Lokesh Vij (11/8/2012)
Easy one for Friday Smile
As COALESCE always picks up the first not null value from LOV, it was easy to guess the answer.


It threw an error , didn't it ..

because both NULL value cause an error on coalesce ..

-- this would give PassFail
Declare @a varchar(100)
Declare @b varchar(100)


select @a = isnull(coalesce(@a,coalesce(@a,null)),'Pass')+'Fail'

select @a

-- where as this would give an error
Declare @a varchar(100)
Declare @b varchar(100)


select @a = isnull(coalesce(@a,coalesce(null,null)),'Pass')+'Fail'

select @a




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Good one. :-)

Even though knowing the answer (and I said it out loud) ....I made myself to execute the query to confirm.... w00t Crazy

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Great question to close the week, thanks!


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GOOD QUESTION WITH +1 AS MOVING TOWARDS END OF THE WEEK :-):-)

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another thing to study, coalesce(null,null) ==> error.
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Good question - thanks. Will now end the week on a high :-D

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Good question, but wrong explanation (and also wrong error message from SQL Server):
The coalesce expects at least one typed NULL in order to execute and hence the error.

Simple example that does NOT contain a typed NULL:
COALESCE(1,1) 



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Christian Buettner-167247 (11/9/2012)
Good question, but wrong explanation (and also wrong error message from SQL Server):
The coalesce expects at least one typed NULL in order to execute and hence the error.

Simple example that does NOT contain a typed NULL:
COALESCE(1,1) 




Msg 4127, Level 16, State 1, Line 8
At least one of the arguments to COALESCE must be an expression that is not the NULL constant.



.. possibly just missing the word "Not"

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