SQL | Scalar functions exercise | Function to classify an event status

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Software ==> SQL  (198 exercises)
Version ==> Any version of SQL Server
Topic ==> Scalar functions  (6 exercises)
Level ==> Harder than average
Subject ==> SQL training
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  3. Execute this script.

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Time to test the events and see who receives a podium finish! Create a function to test each event and classify it as the oldest, newest, alphabetically first, alphabetically last or (in all other cases) as a loser:

Function using CASE to test outcome

Donald Trump's election is the newest event in the database, for example, and hence a winner.

The best way to do this is create a CASE statement that tests if the current parameter is IN the output of a select statement holding the winners:


WHEN @Para1 IN (SELECT TOP 1 EVENTNAME FROM TableName        ORDER BY Column) THEN 'Oldest'

--Repeat until happy



Optionally save as Winner winner chicken dinner.sql and close it down.

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