SQL Advent Calendar – Day 16 – Snippet For In-Line Table Functions

AdventCalendar16First Post in this series: SQL Advent Calendar 2013-Day 1- Placeholders in SQL Prompt Snippets

As I was hanging our family Advent Calendar up, I thought I would make one for you, my readers. I’ll be sharing my scripts from two of my favorite products as well as tips on how to create your own.

Three French Hens, I mean User Defined Functions

There are three kinds of User Defined Functions that you can create in SQL Server.

  1. Scalar Functions
  2. Multi-line Table Functions
  3. In-Line Table Functions

They all have a purpose but unfortunately the first two listed above are misunderstood and misused the most. Below are a couple of articles on the differences and the performance problems that can be caused by Scalar and Multi-line Table Functions.

I created this snippet called NewFun for SQL Prompt when I was first learning the differences between these function types, and I still use to today. Why? It saves key strokes.

USE <DatabaseName, string,$DBNAME$>
--Use Shift + Ctrl + M to set Template Parameters
IF  EXISTS (SELECT * FROM sys.objects WHERE object_id = OBJECT_ID(N'<schemaowner,string,dbo>.<sprocname,string,>') AND type in (N'FN', N'IF', N'TF', N'FS', N'FT'))
DROP FUNCTION <schemaowner,string,dbo>.<sprocname,string,>
/* ***********************************************************************************
Purpose:    [Brief Description]
            EXEC <schemaowner,string,dbo>.<sprocname,string,> [Parameters]
Author:     $USER$
Date:       $DATE$

Revision History
(Change Date)	(Author)		(Description of Change)
************************************************************************************ */
CREATE FUNCTION <schemaowner,string,dbo>.<sprocname,string,>
	--Insert Parameters




Note: You can download this snippet from my Script Library under Resources. It’s called NewFun.

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  1. Hi Mickey,
    Thanks for the link back to my article.
    BTW, I love how your script includes that RETURN $CURSOR$. Sometimes, I think that is exactly what they do! 🙂
    (Seriously, I do know what it’s used for.)

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