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  1. Doctrine 2 - ORM
  2. DDC-1405

Define semantics of comparison operators, particularly with regard to null values


    • Type: Improvement
    • Status: Open
    • Priority: Minor
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Affects Version/s: 2.1.2
    • Fix Version/s: None
    • Component/s: Documentation
    • Security Level: All
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      The Doctrine 2 reference documentation defines the comparison operators syntactically, as:

      ComparisonOperator  ::= "=" | "<" | "<=" | "<>" | ">" | ">=" | "!="

      Now, without experimentation, it is pure guesswork to tell whether e. g. null = null, or e. g. null <> null, or null = 0, or null <> 0 are considered true statements in DQL.

      In SQL semantics, all four statements would be false (or more precisely, null). In PHP semantics, both null == null and null == 0 would be true, while null != null and null != 0 would be false.

      It would be helpful to have the semantics of the comparison operators defined. While comparisons with non-null values behave in a common-sense way, it is hard to guess how queries involving comparison operators on fields allowing null values or null query arguments will filter the results, without knowing the exact semantics of the comparison operators with regard to null values.

      It would be great if this could be clarified in the docs.



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          • Assignee:
            beberlei Benjamin Eberlei
            dalvarez Daniel Alvarez Arribas
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