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SQL | Triggers exercise | Create a trigger to capture any changes made to countries
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- Go into SQL Server Management Studio;
- Open the SQL file you've just unzipped (you can press CTRL + O to do this); then
- Execute this script.
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The aim of this exercise is to use a trigger to write any country changes made into a separate table. Here is what the table should show if you rename Vietnam to Viet Nam and then insert and delete the (to date) fictitious country OwlLand:
What the log table should show after these changes.
To start the ball rolling, create the table shown above with two columns:
|Column||What it should contain|
|CountryName||The name of the country just inserted, edited or deleted|
|Change||Whether this was inserted, deleted or changed|
Now create a trigger to run after anyone changes a country. This should capture two rows:
|The old country name||Take the deleted table's country name|
|The new country name||Take the inserted table's country name|
Note that when you update a table, you populate both the deleted and inserted tables.
Now create two more triggers:
|Trigger||What it should do|
|After insert||Add a row to the changes table containing the new country's name|
|After delete||Add a row to the changes table containing the name just deleted|
When you're happy everything's working OK, optionally save your query as Catalonia perhaps.sql, then close it down.