Re: Examples of SQL anomalies?
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2008 14:27:48 -0700
-CELKO- <jcelko212_at_earthlink.net> wrote:
>>> I do not use nulls in my tables. I still get null when I sum what turns out to be zero rows. If I want the total amount charged on invoices for a client in a certain date range, and there are no such invoices, the total is zero. <<
>No, that is flat wrong. There is no such invoice, so the question of
>its total makes no sense. It is a totally different kind of thing
>from an invoice that actually totaled to zero. Zero, empty set, empty
>strings, NULLs, etc. are all different concepts around the idea of
>missing data of some kind.
If I want the total amount invoiced in a time period and there are no invoices, the total amount invoiced was zero.
>Also, why are you using cursors? If you want to give this misleading
>data, then use a COALESCE(invoice_tot, 0.00) in your code.
Null is the misleading datum.
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