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CROSS APPLY

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CROSS APPLY (
SELECT col = CASE WHEN MAX(col) = MIN(col) THEN MAX(col) ELSE NULL END
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Skanda (10/17/2012)


CROSS APPLY (
SELECT col = CASE WHEN MAX(col) = MIN(col) THEN MAX(col) ELSE NULL END
)


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Skanda (10/17/2012)


CROSS APPLY (
SELECT col = CASE WHEN MAX(col) = MIN(col) THEN MAX(col) ELSE NULL END
)


CROSS APPLY applies a "function" to each row of the (virtual) table. In this case, you're calculating a value based on an aggregate of a set consisting of a single record. You can see this by adding a COUNT(*) to your SELECT clause within the CROSS APPLY. Because the set contains a single record, MAX(col) is necessarily equal to MIN(col) except for the case where col is null. Since you're returning a null value in that case, your CROSS APPLY is equivalent to

 CROSS APPLY ( SELECT col )



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