Equivalent to VB AndAlso in SQL?

Is there an equivalent to VB's AndAlso/OrElse and C#'s &&/|| in SQL (SQL Server 2005). I am running a select query similar to the following:

SELECT a,b,c,d FROM table1 WHERE (@a IS NULL OR a = @a) AND (@b IS NULL OR b = @b) AND (@c IS NULL OR c = @c) AND (@d IS NULL OR d = @d)

For example, if the "@a" parameter passed in as NULL there is no point in evaluating the 2nd part of the WHERE clause (a = @a). Is there a way to avoid this either by using special syntax or rewriting the query?

Thanks, James.

-------------Problems Reply------------

The only way to guarantee the order of evaluation is to use CASE

WHEN a = @a THEN 0
END = 1
AND /*repeat*/

In my experience this is usually slower then just letting the DB engine sort it out.

TerrorAustralis's answer is usually the best option for non-nullable columns

The query engine will take care of this for you. Your query, as written, is fine. All operators will "short circuit" if they can.

Try this:

AND a = ISNULL(@a,a)

This function looks at @a. If it is not null it equates the expression

AND a = @a

If it is null it equates the expression

AND a = a

(Since this is always true, it replaces the @b is null statement)

Another way is to do:

IF (@a > 0) IF (@a = 5)


Another if after the condition will do an "AndAlso" logic.

I want to emphesise that this is just a short way to write:

IF (@a > 0)
IF (@a = 5)


Take this example:

WHERE orderId LIKE '%[0-9]%'
AND dbo.JobIsPending(OrderId) = 1

Orders.OrderId is varchar(25)

dbo.JobIsPending(OrderId) UDF with int parameter

No short circuit is made as the conversion fails in dbo.JobIsPending(OrderId) when Orders.OrderId NOT LIKE '%[0-9]%'

tested on SQL Server 2008 R2

Category:sql Views:0 Time:2009-10-30

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