17.00 - 17.05 - Usage Notes - Advanced SQL Engine - Teradata Database

Teradata Vantageā„¢ - SQL Functions, Expressions, and Predicates

Advanced SQL Engine
Teradata Database
Release Number
June 2020
English (United States)
Last Update

WHEN clauses are processed sequentially.

The first WHEN clause value_expression_n that equates to value_expression_1 returns the value of its associated scalar_expression_n as its result. The evaluation process then terminates.

If no value_expression_n equals value_expression_1, then scalar_expression_m, the argument of the ELSE clause, is the result.

If no ELSE clause is defined, then the result defaults to NULL.

The data type of value_expression_1 must be comparable with the data types of all of the value_expression_n values.

For information on the result data type of a CASE expression, see Rules for the CASE Expression Result Type.

You can use a scalar subquery in the WHEN clause, THEN clause, and ELSE clause of a CASE expression. If you use a non-scalar subquery (a subquery that returns more than one row), a runtime error is returned.

Recommendation: Do not use the built-in functions CURRENT_DATE or CURRENT_TIMESTAMP in a CASE expression that is specified in a partitioning expression for a partitioned primary index (PPI). In this case, all rows are scanned during reconciliation.