Need help with trim and null function

Hi all,
I need help with a query. I use the trim function to get the first three characters of a string. How do I write my query so if a null value occurs in combination with my trim to say 'Null' in my results?
Thanks

Hi,
Thanks for the reply. What am I doing wrong?
SELECT trim(SUBSTR(AL1.user_data_text,1,3)),NVL
(AL1.user_data_text,'XX')
FROM Table
I want the XX to appear in the same column as the
trim.The main thing you're doing wrong is not formatting your code. The solution may become obvious if you do.
What you're saying is:
SELECT  trim ( SUBSTR (AL1.user_data_text, 1, 3))
,       NVL ( AL1.user_data_text, 'XX' )
FROM    Tablewhich makes it clear that you're SELECTing two columns, when you only want to have one.
If you want that column to be exactly like the first column you're currently SELECTing, except that when that column is NULL you want it to be 'XX', then you have to apply NVL to that column, like this:
SELECT  NVL ( trim ( SUBSTR (AL1.user_data_text, 1, 3))
            , 'XX'
FROM    Table

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