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Columns that are able to have null values
I wonder there are any rules on what kind of column should have a value present or can have NULL value. Is it database designers that can control over it when they create database or there are specific type of values we need to know to distinguish those two different kinds?
Steven Parker212,081 Points
The decision to allow NULL or not is part of the design. Any column that serves as an index, identifier, or provides a foreign key for relationships will be designed to not allow NULL values.
Otherwise, it becomes a decision based on what makes sense for the kind of data being stored in the column. A table of poll responses, for example, might use NULL to represent "no answer" to a question.