Equivalent to VB AndAlso in SQL?

Is there an equivalent to VB's AndAlso/OrElse and C#'s &&/|| in SQL (SQL Server 2005). I am running a select query similar to the following:

SELECT a,b,c,d
FROM table1
(@a IS NULL OR a = @a)
AND (@b IS NULL OR b = @b)
AND (@c IS NULL OR c = @c)
AND (@d IS NULL OR d = @d)

For example, if the "@a" parameter passed in as NULL there is no point in evaluating the 2nd part of the WHERE clause (a = @a). Is there a way to avoid this either by using special syntax or rewriting the query?

Thanks, James.


The only way to guarantee the order of evaluation is to use CASE

      WHEN @a IS NULL THEN 1
      WHEN a = @a THEN 1
      ELSE 0
   END = 1
   AND /*repeat*/

In my experience this is usually slower then just letting the DB engine sort it out.

TerrorAustralis's answer is usually the best option for non-nullable columns

Try this:

AND a = ISNULL(@a,a)

This function looks at @a. If it is not null it equates the expression

AND a = @a

If it is null it equates the expression

AND a = a 

(Since this is always true, it replaces the @b is null statement)

The query engine will take care of this for you. Your query, as written, is fine. All operators will "short circuit" if they can.

Another way is to do:

IF (@a > 0) IF (@a = 5)


Another if after the condition will do an "AndAlso" logic.

I want to emphesise that this is just a short way to write:

IF (@a > 0) 
     IF (@a = 5)


Take this example:

WHERE orderId LIKE '%[0-9]%' 
AND dbo.JobIsPending(OrderId) = 1 

Orders.OrderId is varchar(25)

dbo.JobIsPending(OrderId) UDF with int parameter

No short circuit is made as the conversion fails in dbo.JobIsPending(OrderId) when Orders.OrderId NOT LIKE '%[0-9]%'

tested on SQL Server 2008 R2

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