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Is it possible to run a select statement that looks something like the pseudo-select below? select firstname, lastname, (if firstname='john' then 'say hello to johnny' else 'where is john?') as expr1 from mytable My skill with select statements ends at the door of inner joins, so forgive me if this is a basic question. -Jim...

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    Default possible to run a select with an if statement in it?


    Is it possible to run a select statement that looks something like the
    pseudo-select below?

    select firstname, lastname, (if firstname='john' then 'say hello to johnny'
    else 'where is john?') as expr1 from mytable

    My skill with select statements ends at the door of inner joins, so forgive
    me if this is a basic question.

    -Jim




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    Default Re: possible to run a select with an if statement in it?

    It is possible. You use CASE function to achieve this. For example:

    use pubs
    go
    SELECT au_lname,au_fname, case au_fname when 'Cheryl' Then 'Hallo Cheryl'
    ELSE 'Where is Cheryl ?' END
    FROM dbo.Authors

    Regards,
    Tomislav Kralj
    tel.hr

    "Jim Bancroft" <bobbygambles_at_nospam.msn.com> wrote in message
    news:%phx.gbl... 
    johnny' 
    forgive 


    Tomislav Guest

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    Default Re: possible to run a select with an if statement in it?

    Thank you!

    -Jim


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