More of computed columns

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  • To get values from other tables or columns of the same table but different row, you should use a function:

    CREATE TABLE [dbo].[a2]


    [a1ID] [int] NULL,

    [col3] AS (a1ID^2)



    create function get_a2_col3(@a1id int)

    returns int



    return (select col3 from [dbo].[a2] where a1ID = @a1id)



    CREATE TABLE [dbo].[a3]


    [a3ID] [int] NULL,

    [col4] AS dbo.get_a2_col3(a3ID) --(dbo.a2.col3 - 1)



    drop table [a2]

    drop table [a3]

  • Good question!

    I was pretty sure that the first create would fail since the operator ^ isn't described in BOL under arithmetic operators. It never occured to me that it could be a bitwise operator. I just assumed it was an attempt to make me think it was a "to the power of" operator.


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  • Nice question.

    And thanks to Carlo for the add-on.

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  • Good question, and to Carlos - great addition.

    Learned something new form both

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  • I gift this question fife stars for knot havings type o's and shows correct referance meaterials and knowledge of SQL feartures.

    I give the extra star to Carl for the post of how a function can include the column data from another table in a computed column.


  • QOD is a very good one, and the extension by carlos was awesome. Good work guys, got to learn something new today.


  • Thanks for the question.

    One small point, not only did the create for the second table fail, so did the drop. (Though I doubt that would trip anybody up.)

  • Good question. Nice extension - Carlo. Thanks


  • Thanks for the question.

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