Exercise: Create simple function to show month name

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Category ==> SQL  (192 exercises)
Topic ==> Scalar functions  (6 exercises)
Level ==> Average difficulty
Course ==> Advanced SQL
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Strangely there is no function that can return the name of a month when given a number 1 to 12. Luckily for you that is exactly what we will do (the rest of this exercise explains how!).

Function Month Name

The function you make will only produce one month name. When it's working properly try looping through number 1 to 12.

 

The layout for creating a function is very close to that for a stored procedure with a parameter, but with an extra part to specify the data type returned:

CREATE FUNCTION FunctionName

(@Para1 Datatype)

RETURNS Datatype

AS

BEGIN

RETURN

--The calculation goes here

END

To turn a month number into a month name we need to recreate a DATE to do that use the following code.

Function Month Name

There are any number of ways to return the month name - feel free to use a different one.

Test that your function is working by passing in several month numbers separately.

 Optionally save this as Month Name function.sql and close it down.

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