SQL | Dynamic SQL exercise | Basic dynamic SQL to pass in table name

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Software ==> SQL  (198 exercises)
Version ==> Any version of SQL Server
Topic ==> Dynamic SQL  (4 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
Subject ==> SQL training
Before you can do this exercise, you'll need to download and unzip this file (if you have any problems doing this, click here for help). Once you've done this:
  1. Go into SQL Server Management Studio;
  2. Open the SQL file you've just unzipped (you can press CTRL + O to do this); then
  3. Execute this script.

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The aim of this exercise is to be able to pass different table names to a select statement, to show different sets of rows.  First create a stored procedure which selects everything from the table tblEvent:


The first few events.

Now add a varchar(max) parameter called @TableName to hold the name of the table from which you want to extract data, and use its value in place of tblEvent in the FROM clause. Sadly this doesn't work and results in an error:

Parameters Dynamic SQL

It takes a while to accept that this can't work!

Declare a varchar(max) variable called @SQL, and set it equal to the SQL script up to the FROM keyword, then add your parameter value on the end:




Then finally either use EXEC (@SQL) or Exec SP_SQLEXEC @SQL at the bottom of the stored procedure to run the select statement contained in your variable.

Now try running the stored procedure:

Dynamic SQL in action

Try passing in each of the tblEvent, tblCountry and tblContinent table names.

Optionally save this as Turning the table.sql, and close it down.

You can unzip this file to see the answers to this exercise, although please remember this is for your personal use only.
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