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Comment:Update the null-handling document to show how SQL Anywhere and Borland Interbase deal with NULLs. (CVS 1043)
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Make sure indices in ATTACH-ed databases are put into the right hash table. Ticket #354. (CVS 1044) check-in: eb458283 user: drh tags: trunk
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Update the null-handling document to show how SQL Anywhere and Borland Interbase deal with NULLs. (CVS 1043) check-in: 9a87f2f3 user: drh tags: trunk
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#
# Run this script to generated a nulls.html output file
#
set rcsid {$Id: nulls.tcl,v 1.1 2002/09/02 14:11:04 drh Exp $}

puts {<html>
<head>
<title>NULL Handling In SQLite Versus Other Database Engines</title>
</head>
<body bgcolor="white">
<h1 align="center">
................................................................................
<tr><th>&nbsp&nbsp;</th>
<th>SQLite</th>
<th>PostgreSQL</th>
<th>Oracle</th>
<th>Informix</th>
<th>DB2</th>
<th>MS-SQL</th>
<th>MySQL</th>
<th>OCELOT</th>
<th>Firebird</th>
</tr>

<tr><td>Adding anything to null gives null</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>







































































<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>Multiplying null by zero gives null</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>nulls are distinct in a UNIQUE index</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>




<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>




















<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>nulls are distinct in SELECT DISTINCT</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#aaaad2">(Note 1)</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>nulls are distinct in a UNION</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#aaaad2">(Note 3)</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#aaaad2">(Note 1)</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>"CASE WHEN null THEN 1 ELSE 0 END" is 0?</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#aaaad2">(Note 2)</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>"null OR true" is true</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>"not (null AND false)" is true</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
</tr>
</table>

<table border=0 align="right" cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0>
<tr>
<td valign="top" rowspan=3>Notes:&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
<td>1.&nbsp;</td>
<td>Firebird omits all NULLs from SELECT DISTINCT and from UNION.</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>2.&nbsp;</td>
<td>Test data unavailable.</td></tr>

<tr><td>3.&nbsp;</td>
<td>The version of MySQL tested (3.23.41) does not support UNION.</td></tr>








</table>
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<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>
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#
# Run this script to generated a nulls.html output file
#
set rcsid {$Id: nulls.tcl,v 1.2 2003/07/01 01:16:30 drh Exp $}

puts {<html>
<head>
<title>NULL Handling In SQLite Versus Other Database Engines</title>
</head>
<body bgcolor="white">
<h1 align="center">
................................................................................
<tr><th>&nbsp&nbsp;</th>
<th>SQLite</th>
<th>PostgreSQL</th>
<th>Oracle</th>
<th>Informix</th>
<th>DB2</th>
<th>MS-SQL</th>



</tr>

<tr><td>Adding anything to null gives null</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>Multiplying null by zero gives null</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>nulls are distinct in a UNIQUE index</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>nulls are distinct in SELECT DISTINCT</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>nulls are distinct in a UNION</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>"CASE WHEN null THEN 1 ELSE 0 END" is 0?</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>"null OR true" is true</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>"not (null AND false)" is true</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
</tr>
</table>

<table border=1 cellpadding=5 width="100%">
<tr><th>&nbsp&nbsp;</th>
<th>MySQL</th>
<th>OCELOT</th>
<th>Firebird</th>
<th>SQL Anywhere</th>
<th>Borland Interbase</th>
</tr>

<tr><td>Adding anything to null gives null</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>Multiplying null by zero gives null</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>




</tr>
<tr><td>nulls are distinct in a UNIQUE index</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#aaaad2">(Note 4)</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#aaaad2">(Note 4)</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>nulls are distinct in SELECT DISTINCT</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#aaaad2">(Note 1)</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>nulls are distinct in a UNION</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#aaaad2">(Note 3)</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#aaaad2">(Note 1)</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>"CASE WHEN null THEN 1 ELSE 0 END" is 0?</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#aaaad2">(Note 2)</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#aaaad2">(Note 5)</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>"null OR true" is true</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>"not (null AND false)" is true</td>





<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#c7a9a9">No</td>
<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>










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<td valign="center" align="center" bgcolor="#a9c7a9">Yes</td>
</tr>
</table>

<table border=0 align="right" cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0>
<tr>
<td valign="top" rowspan=5>Notes:&nbsp;&nbsp;</td>
<td>1.&nbsp;</td>
<td>Firebird omits all NULLs from SELECT DISTINCT and from UNION.</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>2.&nbsp;</td>
<td>Test data unavailable.</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>3.&nbsp;</td>
<td>The version of MySQL tested (3.23.41) does not support UNION.</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>4.&nbsp;</td>
<td>SQL Anywhere and Borland Interbase 
do not allow NULLs in a UNIQUE column.</td>
</tr>
<tr><td>5.&nbsp;</td>
<td>Borland Interbase does not support CASE expressions.</td>
</tr>
</table>
<br clear="both">

<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>
The following script was used to gather information for the table
above.