How to check if a Sql server string is null or empty

sql-server-2005

I want to check for data, but ignore it if it's null or empty. Currently the query is as follows…

Select              
Coalesce(listing.OfferText, company.OfferText, '') As Offer_Text,         
from tbl_directorylisting listing  
 Inner Join tbl_companymaster company            
  On listing.company_id= company.company_id      

But I want to get company.OfferText if listing.Offertext is an empty string, as well as if it's null.

What's the best performing solution?

Best Answer

I think this:

SELECT 
  ISNULL(NULLIF(listing.Offer_Text, ''), company.Offer_Text) AS Offer_Text
FROM ...

is the most elegant solution.

And to break it down a bit in pseudo code:

// a) NULLIF:
if (listing.Offer_Text == '')
  temp := null;
else
  temp := listing.Offer_Text; // may now be null or non-null, but not ''
// b) ISNULL:
if (temp is null)
  result := true;
else
  result := false;