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Conditional SELECT

Dear Group

I'm having trouble with the statement below. I tried CASE and IF
without success. What I'm trying to do:
There is a field in the database called Business_TelNo. If the field
has some value, I would like to return a generated field
(LaBusinessTelNo), which is the label of Busines_TelNo, reading
If Business_TelNo has no value, the label should be set to ''.

Something like this:
SELECT i2b_vw_contact.Business_TelNo AS Business_TelNo,
IF (LEN(Business_TelNo) > 0) BEGIN SELECT 'Phone: ' AS LaBusinessTelNo
FROM i2b_vw_contact

This is working:
SELECT i2b_vw_contact.Business_TelNo AS Business_TelNo,
'Phone: ' AS LaBusinessTelNo
FROM i2b_vw_contact

PS: I know it would be much easier to add some logic in the
application but need to do this in SQL.

Thanks very much for your time and efforts!

Jul 20 '05 #1
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SELECT business_telno,
CASE WHEN business_telno>'' THEN 'Phone: ' ELSE '' END AS labusiness_telno
FROM i2b_vw_contact

You can find the CASE and IF syntax in Books Online but understand that CASE
is an *expression* whereas IF is a *statement* and therefore IF can't be
used as part of a query.

David Portas
SQL Server MVP
Jul 20 '05 #2
Thanks David!
Have a nice day :-)
Jul 20 '05 #3

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