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T-SQL Formatters

The other day I was given a truly horribly formatted piece of SQL. Something a bit like this only worse, and with plenty of dynamic SQL.

CREATE TRIGGER [Sales].[iduSalesOrderDetail] ON [Sales].[SalesOrderDetail] 






    DECLARE @Count int;

    SET @Count = @@ROWCOUNT;

    IF @Count = 0 



    SET nocount on;


    begin try
-- If inserting or updating these columns
IF update([ProductID]) OR UPDATE([OrderQty]) or Update([UnitPrice]) OR update([UnitPriceDiscount]) 
-- Insert record into TransactionHistory
    INSERT into [Production].[TransactionHistory]















                inserted.[ProductID]        ,inserted.[SalesOrderID]




                ,'S',GETDATE()                ,inserted.[OrderQty]




FROM inserted 


INNER join [Sales].[SalesOrderHeader] 


ON inserted.[SalesOrderID] = [Sales].[SalesOrderHeader].[SalesOrderID];
            UPDATE [Person].[Person] 


            SET [Demographics].modify('declare default element namespace 




                replace value of (/IndividualSurvey/TotalPurchaseYTD)[1] 


                with data(/IndividualSurvey/TotalPurchaseYTD)[1] + sql:column ("inserted.LineTotal")')   from inserted 
                INNER JOIN [Sales].[SalesOrderHeader] AS SOH


	ON inserted.[SalesOrderID] = SOH.[SalesOrderID] INNER JOIN [Sales].[Customer] AS C


                ON SOH.[CustomerID] = C.[CustomerID]

	    WHERE C.[PersonID] = [Person].[Person].[BusinessEntityID];



        -- Update SubTotal in SalesOrderHeader record. Note that this causes the 


        -- SalesOrderHeader trigger to fire which will update the RevisionNumber.


        UPDATE [Sales].[SalesOrderHeader]


I have a hard time working with code that’s so badly formatted I can’t read it. Normally I’d just format it myself, but this was a good dozen pages long. So what did I do? I ran to twitter screaming for help.

And I got a lot of responses! Here were the recommendations followed by who recommended them:

I haven’t tested most of these but from what I understand none of them (for obvious reasons) will handle dynamic SQL and the ones I tested won’t handle the multi-line breaks. For the multi-line breaks I just did a regex search and replace, then used the formatter.

Now, as I was writing this Brent Erik Darling (b) wrote a similar post so I’m including it for completeness. Quick tips for debugging large stored procedures – See tip 1


My name is Kenneth Fisher and I am Senior DBA for a large (multi-national) insurance company. I have been working with databases for over 20 years starting with Clarion and Foxpro. I’ve been working with SQL Server for 12 years but have only really started “studying” the subject for the last 3. I don’t have any real "specialities" but I enjoy trouble shooting and teaching. Thus far I’ve earned by MCITP Database Administrator 2008, MCTS Database Administrator 2005, and MCTS Database Developer 2008. I’m currently studying for my MCITP Database Developer 2008 and should start in on the 2012 exams next year. My blog is at www.sqlstudies.com.


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