A database concept used to represent missing, unknown or inapplicable data.

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Best way to work around NOT IN NULL issue?

There are plenty of explanations of why NOT IN NULL doesn't work, but I didn't see any solutions. (recent question here: Why does NOT IN with a set containing NULL always return FALSE/NULL?) I have 6 ...
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Enforce uniqueness across optional attributes for an entity

I have an entity that has multiple attributes, and these attributes are themselves entities. No two entities may have the same attributes, so there needs to be a uniqueness constraint across them. ...
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VARCHAR NULL storage

I read somewhere online and in a Microsoft Press book there is a field declaration attribute that can be used to indicate NULL VARCHAR values should not consume space at the leaf-level instead of ...
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Returning empty string when string_agg has no records

I am trying to return a text field in a PostgreSQL query that is of the form 'stringOne' || string_agg(field, ',') || 'stringTwo' where for certain elements in the group clause, field is always ...
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Creating a partial unique constraint for MySQL

I have the same question as asked in a previous post: PostgreSQL multi-column unique constraint and NULL values. But the solution there is not applicable as I am using MySQL instead of PostgreSQL. My ...
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Display non-null and null count using case statement

In total there are 10 values in my table, 5 of which are null. I need to display the count using case statement in Oracle, like output below: Sample Data: +------+ | Eid | +------+ | 1 | | 2 |...
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How to get 0 as array_length() result when there are no elements

I have a query like this: select id, array_length(users_who_like_ids,1) as ct from queryables order by 2 desc; But empty arrays (with no elements) sort on top. I'd rather have array_length() return ...
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A function to check if a column allows NULL

Is there a way to write an insert/update query that checks if a column allows NULLs: If it does set the column to NULL, and '' (empty string) otherwise? I would be something like: UPDATE mytable ...
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Oracle: How to create a not null column in a view

Given a table like: CREATE TABLE "MyTable" ( "MyColumn" NUMBER NOT NULL ); I want to create a view like: CREATE VIEW "MyView" AS SELECT CAST("MyColumn" AS BINARY_DOUBLE) AS "MyColumn" FROM "...
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Remove nulls from TSQL connection string

I have a bunch of queries, against a couple different databases, that I use to generate delimited reports. I'm trying to create some new reports against a MSSQL database and I'm having trouble ...
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Is it better to create another table to possible null values in relational databases?

I'm designing a relational database to use in MySQL. I have the next situation: In one table there are fields that in the most of situations are NULL. The fields would be like: Table name: tabla ...
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MySQL - LOAD DATA INFILE - Handling unescaped NULL in INFILE or creating INFILE with escaped NULL

I am selecting data from a database on server A, dumping the output into a file locally, and then doing a LOAD DATA INFILE on my local database. The bash command looks something like this: mysql -e ...
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Empty LONGTEXT or NULL?

In my MySQL DB I have one field called html_contents that contains all the html to be shown in a webpage. Obviously the html could be huge, and certaintly bigger than 64KB, therefore I decided to use ...
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To NULL or not to NULL? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why shouldn't we allow NULLs? I've heard that it's a bad idea to do database design such that nullable fields exist. However, eliminating nullables often cause much ...
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How do I include nulls during comparisons in SQL Server?

So basically in SQL Server a NULL means there is no value and thus can't be compared which returns some unexpected results. For example, the following query doesn't return rows where value IS NULL ...
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Proper use of NULL, and utilizing CHECK constraints for business logic vs stored procedures

This question regards the proper use of NULL and utilizing CHECK constraints for business logic vs stored procedures. I have the following tables setup. I normalized the tables to avoid using ...
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Full Outer Join shows NULL when Group By is used

I have 4 subqueries and each of the subquery is grouped by 'Group name'. The attempt is to have each subquery as a column all grouped by the 'Group Name'. Here is the query: select coalesce(co....
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MYSQL only Show columns which allow null

I need to be able to pull the column names which allow a NULL value, I know that show columns from TABLE Will give show me the table properties and whether or not the column allows null values, ...
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How different clauses treat Null/Unknow in SQL Server 2012?

(relatively new to SQL and SQL Server) I am reading SQL Server 2012 T-SQL Fundamentals by Itzik Ben-Gan. Autor states that: SQL has different treatments for UNKNOWN in different language ...
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Only one NULL for one part of primary key

I have two date columns : "start date" and "finish date". I want to make sure that there can be only one null value in the "finish date" column (which should be current state if it's NULL) for one ...
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Null Or Multiple Parameters When Querying

I have a stored procedure that has a parameter that must take a comma delimited varchar list of values that can be turned into a table of values or can be NULL, such as @Values VARCHAR(10) = NULL ...
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How to index a query `WHERE field IS NULL` (postgres)

So I basically have a table with lots of inserts, setting one of the fields (uploaded_at) to NULL. Then a periodic task selects all the tuples WHERE uploaded_at IS NULL, processes them and updates, ...
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null check and string concatenation

Can I do better than this query? select func_returns_str('key1') || nvl2( func_returns_str('key2'), ',' || func_returns_str('key2'), null) from dual; I ...
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Questions about handling NULLs and empty strings in nvarchar and numeric fields

I understand that questions similar to these pop up often around here. I have searched before posting these but I didn't find any QA threads that completely answer my questions. In a table, I ...
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Dealing with NULL values and EMPTY strings in UNION of two tables

I want return records from two database tables when a record differs in at least one of the fields. I have written a query for it using the UNION operator. It is working absolutely fine. However, I ...
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Query performance of a NULL vs an empty ('') varchar in SQL Server 2012

I have 3 indexed fields in a query: int, int, and varchar(250). The query performs well when all 3 conditions are specified with real values. The int columns always have values, but there are plenty ...
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Unique Index/Constraint with multiple columns, one column is nullable

My questions is whether it's possible to have unique index comprised of multiple columns where one of the columns may contain NULL. Example: A table named 'regulated_person' has a number of columns ...
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Efficient manual cleanup of foreign keys in MySQL [closed]

I have an all-InnoDB database in MySQL (Percona) 5.6 that was previously using FK constraints. I had to give up on them as I kept running into locking issues, so I removed the constraints and added ...
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Database Normalization: A Case Of The NULLs [duplicate]

I'm trying to learn about proper database management and am having a hard time with designing a database that doesn't rely on NULLs. If you think I'm crazy for embarking on this, it is because of SQL ...
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Is there a way to explicitely have a not-null column in a view

If I create a view in Oracle, the column definition's not null characteristic is inherited from the base table: create table tq84_t ( col_1 number, col_2 varchar2(15) not null ); create view ...
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Null Values and Performance

I always try to build the database avoiding any NULL values in my tables, and I have successfully had done this so far. (Hey, I am very new to database design.) But still there are times when saving ...
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Why does coalescing make this query quicker?

I have the following query SELECT SQL_NO_CACHE `table1`.* FROM `table1` LEFT JOIN `table2` ON table2.id = table1.table2_id WHERE (`table2`.`date_assigned` >= '2015-06-21') AND ( ...
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Better performance to have nullable columns or an extra table? [duplicate]

There are many ways to get rid of nulls in tables, and I have heard of various reasons to get rid of them, but can anyone show me some real numbers as to how your database might perform differently ...
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Easier way to handle so many isnull() situation

Is there any good way to avoid writing so many times isnull() function inside sproc ? I have stored procedure that use almost 30 times isnull() function, I think that I am miss a concept , but until I ...
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Select query to retrieve values even if are null

I need some help in a query. Need to retrieve data from 1 table, even if one of the field has null value. Here's an example: Select name, SUM(credit) as credit From expenses Where name like 'vendor0%'...
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How can I allow part of a key to be null and enforce uniqueness of records with nulls?

I have an Access table called Engagement with four fields: Emp_id, Year, Week, Act_id It records when an employee is/was engaged in an activity. Each field is Number and each makes up part of the ...
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INSERT don't work with NOT NULL but UPDATE does, why?

I have this table definition: CREATE TABLE `media` ( `id` int(11) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT, `brands_id` int(11) DEFAULT NULL, `media_type` varchar(45) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci DEFAULT NULL, `...
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How to select data in the same table on different rows that are empty?

I use this select on my SQLite database: SELECT attributeX FROM table GROUP BY attributeX HAVING COUNT(attributeY) = 0; My table: attributeX (type integer) | attributeY (type text) ----------...
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Finding count of null values in 500 columns of a single table

I have 500 columns in a table in SQL Server. I want to find the count of null values in each column. Is there a way to do it using a cursor and dynamic SQL?
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MySql Order by isnull() Performance Problem

my sql below is use for listing stock added from 10 days ago. Order by isnull(Price) is use so that stock without any price yet will still being listed. AddDate and Price has an index. SELECT Id, ...
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Two nullable columns one required to have value

No-Explanation Question: Is there anyway to have a constrain of 2 null values that always requires 1 to have value ? For example two date columns both null but having at least 1 that requires to have ...
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Strange behaviour in TSQL function (parameter with int variable or NULL behaves differently)?

I experienced very strange problem today with TSQL function. The function has several parameters (int and bit). One of the (int) is set with value NULL. When calling a function with NULL inside the ...
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Pivoting with NULL Dates

I'm attempting the pivot below: SELECT EmpID as ID, [1] as January, [2] as February, [3] as March, [4] as April, [5] as May, [6] as June, [7] ...
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How can I insert records 'into null' in Oracle?

I'm looking for a way to insert records into a 'black hole'; i.e. execute a query for a certain table successfully, but make the records disappear. Something like INSERT INTO NULL, if you will. MySQL ...
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Alternatives to NULL for missing data [duplicate]

I am using PostgreSQL and trying to write value constraints. Is it possible to record missing data as distinct from NULL values in a numeric field without using an arbitrary numeric value? For many ...
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TSQL change column constraint between null and not null

I am doing a exercise to change a column's constraint between null to not null. Table name: Production.categoriesTest. Please review my question and give me suggestion on what I did wrong and how to ...
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Expand sparse table with self outer join on distinct values

I have this: g1 | g2 | x ---------+-----------+----- New York | Monday | 210 New York | Tuesday | 258 Chicago | Monday | 30 Chicago | Wednesday | 25 LA | Thursday | 40 ...
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What relevance does the table-level ANSI_NULL setting have?

Apparently, SQL Server stores the current ANSI_NULL setting when creating a table (see related questions here and here). However, when I execute SELECT * FROM myVeryOldTable WHERE ...
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Conditional Where Statement Involving a NULL value?

Trying to find a way to pass off a third value within a 'bit' field. I would like to be able to utilize NULL as a searchable value. As in 'True', 'False', or 'NULL', the only issue is I'm unsure how ...
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How to change the display of an empty string in mysql command line tool?

I'm maintaining a database with InnoDB tables. These tables have some columns of type (from show create table): `val0` varchar(30) default NULL, `val1` varchar(30) default NULL, etc... From the ...