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Add a default to a column


Add a default to a column

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Steve Jones
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Show in SSMS and T-SQL, how to add a default to a column at design time (CREATE) and later (ALTER).

Be nice to add these defaults

space for char field
0 for numeric
current date for date field

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Hi Steve

I'll take this.

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Excellent, this should be an easy one.

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Hi Steve

I'm going to have to pass on this. Workload means I don't currently have time to write an article that adds any value compared to what is already out there. Sorry. I've submitted a QOTD instead as penance.

Anybody else able to do this?
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No worries, we'll find someone else.

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Since this is very well documented in Books Online, I have to ask, do you still want an article on this and, if so, should it be more of a "Spackle" article?

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Yes, and Yes. We want to expand and cover things that are in BOL in a different way. A practical use for this in a short article that someone has implemented in production would be nice.

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Yes, and Yes. We want to expand and cover things that are in BOL in a different way. A practical use for this in a short article that someone has implemented in production would be nice.


Understood and can do. I'll take this one on. Thank you for the guidance.

I believe I still owe you one on getting BCP (and other methods) to produce column headers, as well. I'll see what I can do about that, as well.

--Jeff Moden

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First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
If you think its expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur. -- Red Adair

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