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Rasta Pickles
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Posted - 12/13/2012 :  10:27:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hope someone can help, I don't know if this possible.

I have a UNION query. The first half selects several fields including a field called NCAT which is of type VARCHAR. If that field is empty, the output for that field is empty.

So far so good.

When I union this, I am including the line


which adds 210 to another field if certain criteria are met.

This has the unwanted effect of returning a zero for all of the fields that were previously empty.

I want them to remain empty - is there a way I can achieve this?

Thanks in advance

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Posted - 12/13/2012 :  10:45:52  Show Profile  Visit nigelrivett's Homepage  Reply with Quote
What is empty? I'm guessing blank rather than null.

try coalesce(convert(varchar(20),cast(nullif(NCAT,'') as int)+210),'') as NCAT
the convert, coalesce is to put it back to blank rather than null. If you are happy with null and want a numeric then leave it out.
Note - you can't return an numeric blank - you need to convert to character for that.

Cursors are useful if you don't know sql.
SSIS can be used in a similar way.
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Rasta Pickles
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Posted - 12/13/2012 :  11:27:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Outstanding, thank you very much
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