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Posted Saturday, November 30, 2013 11:17 PM
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Hello
I want to use max() function and I want to read the input of this function from another database(its name is exhibitor). like below :

select @LastDate=MAX([exhibitor.dbo.Maintable.LastUpdate])

but I have error below

Msg 207, Level 16, State 1, Procedure Exec_List, Line 131
Invalid column name 'exhibitor.dbo.Maintable.LastUpdate'.
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Posted Sunday, December 1, 2013 3:09 AM


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Because you referenced a column without a FROM clause.

select @LastDate=MAX([LastUpdate]) FROM exhibitor.dbo.Maintable.




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I'd also like to recommend that you avoid 3 part naming in code. Create a synonym for the table in the other database and then stick to 2 part naming. That way, if you even move or rename the database or the table, you won't have to find all of the places it was used in code. All you'll need to do is change the synonym.

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