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What is the difference between "IS NULL" and "ISNULL" in SQL Server??

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What is the difference between "IS NULL" and "ISNULL" in SQL Server??
posted Oct 7, 2013 by Jonathan Little

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IS NULL is used to check whether a value is null or not.

Ex: if @parametername is null then
        go here

ISNULL works like a method by using which you can use null values as your requirement.

Ex: select ISNULL(table.name,'No Name Specified'),
in this example if name is null then it will replace it with no name specified.
answer Oct 7, 2013 by Atul Mishra
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ISNULL is used where we want to replace any value based on that it's value is null or not

select ISNULL(NULL, 1) - Result 1
select ISNULL(2, 1) - Result 2

While IS NULL is used to select records from a table where particular column is null Ex-

Select * from products where
product_code is null

answer Nov 14, 2013 by Neeraj Pandey
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