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null

Is null

Syntax: null x, null[x]

Returns 1b where x is null.

Applies to all data types except enums, and to items of lists, dict values and table columns.

null is an atomic function.

q)null 0 0n 0w 1 0n
01001b

Enums always show as non-null.

q)a:``a
q)`=`a$`            / non-enumerated and enumerated null symbol show as equivalent
1b
q)null`             / null symbol behaves as expected
1b
q)null`a$`          / enumeration of null symbol does not
0b

The intention was not to have nulls in the enums. That value is used to indicate out of range. (Think of them as a way to represent foreign keys.) To test for an enumeration backed by a null symbol, one can use the equality test – but at the cost of CPU cycles:

q)a:10000000?`8
q)v:`a$a
q)\ts null v
18 16777344
q)\ts `=v
66 268435648