Thursday, June 18, 2009

NULL value in Dynamic SQL becames Empty String

Recently,I encountered a strange (for me) situation.
Consider that you need to use some string parameter
in Dynamic SQL query using EXEC(@String) statement.
And the string parameter is NULL (by mistake).

USE AdventureWorks
GO
DECLARE @FirsName NVARCHAR(50)


EXEC(' SELECT ContactID
FROM Person.Contact
WHERE (FirstName =
'''+@FirsName+''')')


What will happend is that the value of the @FirsName
will be empty string in execution runtime.
In SQL Profiler we will see the following executed:

SELECT ContactID
FROM Person.Contact
WHERE (FirstName = '')

Do you know why?
Anybody?


I got the answer from Ami Levin(Israel MVP):
This behavior explained by the settings of
"CONCAT_NULL_YIELDS_NULL" option.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms176056.aspx


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