I am not sure what exactly is going on here. When an expression starts
with a string and I try to append the results of a mathematical operation
to it, sometimes it works, sometimes, it doesn't, and I can't find the
pattern behind what works and what doesn't.

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1. Simple mathematical expression by itself works
SQLite> select cast(-1.5 as integer)*-1
1
2. Adding a string in front of a simple cast by itself works
SQLite> select '- '||cast(-1.5 as integer)
- -1
3. When there is a mathematical expression after the string, I get a 0.
My string is nowhere to be seen in the output
SQLite> select '- '||cast(-1.5 as integer)*-1
0
4. But when I add 1 instead of multiplying, it produces output that
seems to evaluate everything before the addition to zero
SQLite> select '- '||cast(-1.5 as integer)+1
1
5. Enclosing the mathematical expression in a printf produces the
correct output
SQLite> select '- '|| printf(cast(-1.5 as integer)*-1)
- 1
6. If the output starts with a number, then it doesn't seem to matter
what follows. Notice that the last part of the expression below is the
same as the expression in query number 3 above, but it works fine now
whereas previously it produced a zero as the output
SQLite> select cast(1.5 as integer)||'-'||(cast(-1.5 as integer)*-1)
1-1
I am sure it has something to do with order of operations and the affinity
of the operands, but can someone give me a summary that I can understand
readily? The only mentions of the "||" operator on the SQLite website (
https://sqlite.org/lang_expr.html) don't really explain what is going on in
the above examples.
Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.
Balaji Ramanathan
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