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Exercise: Show substitute values for nulls in one of 3 different ways
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- Go into SQL Server Management Studio;
- Open the SQL file you've just unzipped (you can press CTRL + O to do this); then
- Execute this script.
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The tblContinent table lists out the world's continents, but there are gaps:
You need to fill in the gaps! Read on ...
Add up to 3 columns to show a message where a summary is missing:
This is what your query should show - see notes below.
Here's what your 3 columns should use:
|Column||How to get it|
|Using ISNULL||Use the IsNull function to substitute the words No summary for rows where the Summary column is null.|
|Using COALESCE||Do the same thing, but using the COALESCE function instead.|
|Using CASE||Use a CASE WHEN statement to show different things according to whether the Summary column is null or not.|
Take a moment to think which method you liked best, then save your query as Missing summaries and close it down.
The WorldEvents database table dbo.tblContinent that I downloaded doesn't have a third column. Is that the case for others?