1: If you just want to match " " as an empty string, then use the WHERE clause like this:
WHERE DATALENGTH(COLUMN) > 0
2: But, if you want to count any string which consists of entire spaces as empty then use the WHERE clause like this :
WHERE COLUMN <> ''
The above code will not return NULL values when they are used in a WHERE clause. And NULL will evaluate as UNKNOWN for these rather than the TRUE value.
CREATE TABLE T
INSERT INTO T
WHERE C <> ''
The above code will return only the single row A. The rows that have the NULL or an empty string or a string consisting entirely of spaces are all excluded by this query.
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