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truth table missing values

From: Dennis Björklund <db(at)zigo(dot)dhs(dot)org>
To: pgsql-docs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: truth table missing values
Date: 2003-08-04 11:11:50
Message-ID: Pine.LNX.4.44.0308041258110.26410-100000@zigo.dhs.org (view raw or flat)
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The truth table in

http://www.postgresql.org/docs/7.3/static/functions.html#FUNCTIONS-LOGICAL

is missing some rows. The meaning is clear if you know that AND and OR is 
commutative but that is not written there either. 

The reason I found this at all is because in mysql AND is not commutative.
In other words, in mysql

  SELECT (NULL AND FALSE);

is not the same as

  SELECT (FALSE AND NULL);

The reason stated in
http://www.mysql.com/documentation/mysql/bychapter/manual_Introduction.html#Differences_from_ANSI

is

"NULL AND FALSE will evaluate to NULL and not to FALSE. This is because we 
don't think it's good to have to evaluate a lot of extra conditions in 
this case."

I tried to look in the devel doc to see if it was the same there, but the 
devel part of the site is gone at the moment it seems like. It might be a 
good idea to add all combinations just to make it clear for people comming 
from mysql (not me, I just stumbled over it by mistake).

-- 
/Dennis


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