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null

1. Maths
a. quantitatively zero
b. relating to zero
c. (of a set) having no members
d. (of a sequence) having zero as a limit
2. Physics involving measurement in which an instrument has a zero reading, as with a Wheatstone bridge

null

[nəl]
(mathematics)
Indicating that an object is nonexistent or a quantity is zero.
(navigation)
The azimuth or elevation reading on a navigational device indicated by minimum signal output.
Any of the nodal points on the radiation patterns of some antennas.

null

(programming)
A special value used in several languages to represent the thing referred to by an uninitialised pointer.

<database> A special value that may be stored in some database columns to represent an unknown, missing, not applicable, or undefined value. Nulls are treated completely differently from ordinary values when evaluating SQL expressions and there are several SQL constructs for dealing with nulls.

null

A character that is all 0 bits. Also written as "NUL," it is the first character in the ASCII and EBCDIC data codes. In hex, it displays and prints as 00; in decimal, it may appear as a single zero in a chart of codes, but displays and prints as a blank space.

Nulls are naturally found in binary numbers when a byte contains all zeros, and they are used to pad fields (see padding). A null may function as a delimiter; for example, in C/C++, a null character is inserted at the end of a character string to mark the end of the text.


The Null Is the First
Note the first character at the top of this chart of ASCII characters. The 00 means 0000-0000 bits.
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The Help function has a number of topics to address problems with nulls, so you might try searching on "null values in reports" if you have a similar situation with another database you're working on.
You should have zeros on the report where the nulls were previously, and the calculations should work.
Using the products table below, you can see the effects that including Nulls will have on any mathematical expressions you have used:
If it is possible that null values may be stored in your data, it is a good idea to create queries and data-modification statements that either eliminate NULLs or transform NULLs into some other value (if you do not want null values appearing in your data).
Carriers understand that nulls in wireless link systems mean lost signals, dropped customer calls, and lost revenue.