Posts Tagged with "mysql"

How to update fields from another table in MySQL

Posted by Stanislav Furman on May 28, 2014
Read how to update a bunch of fields from another table in MySQL

Meet AMPPS - a good alternative for XAMPP and WAMP

Posted by Stanislav Furman on October 7, 2013
Meet AMPPS - a good free alternative for XAMPP and WAMP

Concatenating NULL and blank fields in MySQL

Posted by Stanislav Furman on May 17, 2013

If you ever need to concatenate fields that are empty or equal null, you may run into troubles because MySQL doesn't concatenate NULL-fields as you might expect - if there is one of the concatenating fields equals NULL, the whole concatenating value will be NULL.

See the following dummy table:


firstname | middlename | lastname | email
John        J.           Smith      [email protected]
Amanda      NULL         Smith      [email protected]

As you can see Amanda Smith doesn't have middle name. So, if you now run a query that will try to concatenate first name, middle name and last name, you'll get NULL value instead of expected concatenated value.

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MySQL. How to insert a row or update if exists in MySQL.

Posted by Stanislav Furman on February 25, 2013

Being a web developer, I personally like short solutions, and when I code, I try to write as less code as possible. At the same time the code has to be readable for other developers without using comments.

If you want to combine create/update function into one, MySQL offers you a very useful statement : INSERT ... ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE.

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