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GOTO and T-SQL


GOTO and T-SQL

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Phil Factor
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Well said, Phil. Perhaps this very well written editorial could be followed by a deeper article on why people shouldn't jump the gun because they read a title or an article by a famous author. Like Sergiy taught me, "A Developer must NOT GUESS! A Developer must know." The only way to know is to do some additional research and conduct your own tests with an open mind.

I've run into similar problems. For example, I've been told by a couple of friend DBAs in the past that we don't have to concern ourselves with properly sizing a database, that SQL Server was built to automatically handle all of that right from the startup of a new server. The information came from a sentence in the front of a book written by a very well known and respected author. People just don't understand that even "experts" like well known authors can make a "mistrake". ;-)

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Well said. When I read the first part of your paragraph I was shocked to see that I am being told not to use GOTO.

I had a similar reaction when reading an article about not using DBCC SHRINKFILE, at the start it was NO NO NO. But reading the whole article tells you that is not the case. I'm sure many people must read the first bit and leave it at that.
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I have never felt the need to write a goto statement.
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I like this sentence in the article.

It is a shame that useful, but subtle, guidance can morph so rapidly into a ‘policy’ that becomes ‘mandatory’.


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It can work the other way too, where something is promoted early in an article and then disparaged straight after. Of course, once a reader has read the for arguements, they feel that they understand the subject and decide not to read any more.

The waterfall accident: http://pascal.gugenberger.net/thoughts/waterfall-accident.html
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I very rarely use GOTO, in fact I cannot remember when I last used it.

If I have a large stored proc with a complex transaction then on failure of any part of the transaction I might use GOTO to jump to the ROLLBACK TRANSACTION code.

To be honest, TRY...CATCH handles most scenarios for me.

GOTO is useful when some processing logic results in a value that indicates that the rest of the transactional process should not proceed.
The alternative is to set a BIT variable to TRUE and after each step in the transaction set it to FALSE if the success criteria is not met.
Wrap each step in the transaction up in
IF @SuccessFLAG=1
BEGIN
...
END

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I think GOTO is great and like to employ it at every opportunity. How else do you sensibly structure conditional exit points?

Just kidding. I don't think I've ever felt the need in my SQL or code of any sort - save perhaps some error handling in Access if I can remember that far back? Anyway I would not be scared if I did need to use it it's fair to say.
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I found myself using one just the other day, and although it was by far the neatest and most readable option for the logic I was using, I still felt the need to add an apology in the comments!

Like everything (even, dare I say it, cursors), it's got its place, but anything more than occasional use should be a pointer for closer scrutiny.
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In an age when animal could still speak...
Ok, not that long ago, about 12 years ago I got my first programming lessons I used the GOTO instead of using OO functions.
Over the years as my knowledge of programming grew and my enthusiasm to program grew less, I started to replace the GOTO less.

I didn't even know that it was in the SQL options.
In programming I can think of one use to still use it, to quickly skip code your debugging but the project can no longer wait to go live.
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