General Functions

General Functions

The objective of the general NULL handling functions is to replace the NULL values with an alternate value.
  • NVL - The NVL function substitutes an alternate value for a NULL value.
  • NVL2 - As an enhancement over NVL, Oracle introduced a function to substitute value not only for NULL columns values but also for NOT NULL columns.
  • NULLIF - The NULLIF function compares two arguments expr1 and expr2. If expr1 and expr2 are equal, it returns NULL; else, it returns expr1. First argument can't be NULL.
  • COALESCE - COALESCE function, a more generic form of NVL, returns the first non-null expression in the argument list.

Read more: Using Conversion Functions

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