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!= (Unequal) (SSIS)

Performs a comparison to determine if two expressions with compatible data types are not equal. The expression evaluator automatically converts many data types before it performs the comparison.

However, some data types require that the expression include an explicit cast before the expression can be evaluated successfully. For more information about legal casts between data types, see Cast (SSIS).



expression1 != expression2
        
expression1, expression2

Is any valid expression.

DT_BOOL

The expression set, expression1 and expression2, must follow one of these rules:

  • Numeric. Both expression1 and expression2 must be a numeric data type. The intersection of the data types must be a numeric data type, as specified in the rules about the implicit numeric conversions that the expression evaluator performs. The intersection of the two numeric data types cannot be null. For more information, see Data Type Conversion in Expressions.
  • Character. Both expression1 and expression2 must evaluate to either a DT_STR or a DT_WSTR data type. The two expressions can evaluate to different string data types.
  • Date. Both expression1 and expression2 must evaluate to one of the date data types: DT_DBDATE, DT_DATE, DT_DBTIME, DT_DBTIMESTAMP, or DT_FILETIME. The two expressions can evaluate to different date data types. Dates are converted to the DT_DBTIMESTAMP data type before they are compared.
  • Logical. Both expression1 and expression2 must evaluate to a Boolean. Dates are converted to the DT_DBTIMESTAMP data type before they are compared.
  • GUID. Both expression1 and expression2 must evaluate to the DT_GUID data type.
  • Binary. Both expression1 and expression2 must evaluate to the DT_BYTES data type.
  • BLOB. Both expression1 and expression2 must evaluate to the same Binary Large Object Block (BLOB) data type: DT_TEXT, DT_NTEXT, or DT_IMAGE.

String comparisons are case, accent, kana, and width-sensitive.

If either expression in the comparison is null, the comparison result is null. If both expressions are null, the result is null.

This example evaluates to TRUE only if the current date is not July 4, 2003. For more information, see GETDATE (SSIS).

"7/4/2003" != GETDATE()

This example evaluates to TRUE if the value in the ListPrice column is not 500.

ListPrice != 500

This example uses the variable LPrice. It evaluates to TRUE if the value of LPrice is not 500. The data type on the variable must be numeric in order for the expression to parse.

@LPrice != 500
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