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How to handle NULL values in WHERE clause and change target column based upon its encounter

I need the WHERE clause to change what column it is evaluating when NULL is encountered. For instance I’m trying to do something like this:

FROM customer c
WHERE CASE WHEN c.cust_id_1(@variable) IS NOT NULL THEN c.cust_id_1 = @variable
         ELSE CASE WHEN c.cust_id_2(@variable) IS NOT NULL THEN c.cust_id_2 = @variable
              ELSE c.cust_id_3 = @variable

Is something like this possible? One of the 3 cust_id’s will not be NULL.



That seems like less than optimal table design, but isn’t a simple COALESCE where you’re after?

WHERE @variable = COALESCE(cust_id_1, cust_id_2, cust_id_3);
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