Right way to set a variable to NULL?

Martin martin at marcher.name
Sat Dec 27 01:05:16 CET 2008

2008/12/26 John Machin <sjmachin at lexicon.net>:
> The above all have the same characteristic: if the input is a zero-
> length string, then NULL is inserted into the database instead of a
> zero-length string. Some folks (not just pedants!) regard that as an
> important difference.

agreed but I understood the OP specifically wanted NULL and not ''.

of course for data gathering in web apps I'd personally make the mail
attribute a NOT NULL and reject anybody who wouldn't give me their
mail address. After all mail is the way to get in touch with my
customers/user if they register on my site, and if it's only for a
password reset link.



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