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I've been doing some research into how temporary tables work in SQL Azure, and I have a few questions that I can't find answers for.

My questions:
1. Can you build a local temp table with a user-defined data type?
2. Can you build a local temp table with a user-defined function?
3. Can you build a local temp table with named constraints?
4. Is the collation of local temp tables that of tempdb, or of the current database?
5. Are the object_id values for local temp tables positive or negative?
6. Is the local temp table built in tempdb, or the current database?

Note that most of these are things that change when using a contained database in Denali, and I suspect that some of these are also changed in Azure.

Thanks!

Edit: and if you happen to have a link that documents any of these, that would be most excellent!


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I've been doing some research into how temporary tables work in SQL Azure, and I have a few questions that I can't find answers for.

My questions:
1. Can you build a local temp table with a user-defined data type?

nope
2. Can you build a local temp table with a user-defined function?

Nope, nope
3. Can you build a local temp table with named constraints?

Yep, that works.
4. Is the collation of local temp tables that of tempdb, or of the current database?

Not sure, how the heck do you check?
5. Are the object_id values for local temp tables positive or negative?

Positive for the one I tested.
6. Is the local temp table built in tempdb, or the current database?

Based on the query I had to run to get the object_id, it's in tempdb.
Note that most of these are things that change when using a contained database in Denali, and I suspect that some of these are also changed in Azure.

Thanks!

Edit: and if you happen to have a link that documents any of these, that would be most excellent!


Hope that helps. I got most of them.


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Awesome Grant! Thank you very much!!!

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WayneS (6/15/2011)
I've been doing some research into how temporary tables work in SQL Azure, and I have a few questions that I can't find answers for.

My questions:
1. Can you build a local temp table with a user-defined data type?

nope
2. Can you build a local temp table with a user-defined function?

Nope, nope
3. Can you build a local temp table with named constraints?

Yep, that works.
4. Is the collation of local temp tables that of tempdb, or of the current database?

Not sure, how the heck do you check?


Hmm, good question. In Azure you can't access tempdb, so I've got no idea of how to test this out.

5. Are the object_id values for local temp tables positive or negative?

Positive for the one I tested.
6. Is the local temp table built in tempdb, or the current database?

Based on the query I had to run to get the object_id, it's in tempdb.


I assume your query was something like SELECT OBJECT_ID('tempdb..#table')?

Note that most of these are things that change when using a contained database in Denali, and I suspect that some of these are also changed in Azure.

Thanks!

Edit: and if you happen to have a link that documents any of these, that would be most excellent!


Hope that helps. I got most of them.

It helps a lot. You went above and beyond what I had asked you about earlier, so I thank you very much!

Okay, so in recap:
UDDT: Regular SQL: Yes; Denali: No in contained databases; Azure: No
UDF: Regular SQL: Yes; Denali: No in contained databases; Azure: No
Named constraints: Regular SQL: Yes; Denali: No in contained databases; Azure: Yes
Collation: Regular SQL: tempdb; Denali: Local DB in contained databases; Azure: ?
Local temp table object_id values: SQL <= 2008R2: Positive; Denali: Negative; Azure: Positive
Local temp table built in tempdb?: Yes
Global Temp Tables: Regular SQL: Allowed; Denali: Allowed; Azure: Denied



Wayne
Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server 2008
If you can't explain to another person how the code that you're copying from the internet works, then DON'T USE IT on a production system! After all, you will be the one supporting it!
Links: For better assistance in answering your questions, How to ask a question, Performance Problems, Common date/time routines,
CROSS-TABS and PIVOT tables Part 1 & Part 2, Using APPLY Part 1 & Part 2, Splitting Delimited Strings
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