On Wednesday 18 October 2006 15:13, Andrew Dunstan wrote:
> Andreas Joseph Krogh wrote:
> > This has been been discussed before, but Oracle behaves differently, and
> > IMHO in a more correct way.
> >
> > The following query returns NULL in PG:
> > SELECT NULL || 'fisk';
> >
> > But in Oracle, it returns 'fisk':
> > SELECT NULL || 'fisk' FROM DUAL;
> >
> > The latter seems more logical...
> When in doubt, consult the standard ... Oracle's treatment of NULL is
> known to violate the standard, IIRC. Your measure of correctness seems
> to be "appears to me more logical", but ours is "complies with the
> standard".

I know PG violates the standard in other places and core's favourite argument 
for doing so is "the standard is braindead here, so we do it our way".

> In any case, why should null have a string value of '' any more than it
> should have a value of 'blurfl'?
> Your analogy elsewhere with aggregate functions like sum() is not
> relevant, as these are documented to ignore null values.

I'm not advocating that NULL should have a string-vaule of anything, just that 
the ||-operator shuld treat NULL as "dont bother with it and proceed 

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