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Introduction
Concatenation
6. The || operator vs the CONCAT() function
Simple text functions
Modifying strings
Summary

Instruction

Great! You know two ways to concatenate values: the || operator and the CONCAT() function. What is the difference between them?

Think back to using the || operator. When there was a NULL value in one of the joining columns, what was returned? A NULL.

The CONCAT() function converts NULL to an empty string. Let's see this in an example. Remember, if any of the columns you work with can contain a NULL, use the CONCAT() function and not the || operator.

Exercise

In this exercise, just look at the result.

You see Vacum2010 as the product name, although there was a NULL value in the type column.