Fundamentals: The semicolon (;) is a statement terminator

The title pretty much says it all here, when you’re writing T-SQL, the correct place to place the semicolon (;) is at the end of all you’re statements. Something I see quite often is batches where people don’t terminate any of their statements, but do start statements that use a CTE or Merge statement with a semicolon. This means you see syntax like the below: DECLARE @MyVariable int SET @MyVariable = 5 ;WITH MyCTE AS( SELECT *, ROW_NUMBER() OVER (PARTITION BY CONVERT(date,MyDate) ORDER BY MyDate DESC) AS RN FROM MyTable WHERE MyColumn = @MyVariable) SELECT * FROM MyCTE WHERE RN…

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Fundamentals: White space and Line Breaks

Something that is important in any language is formatting. I don’t just mean in computer languages, such as Python (where good use of tabbing is required as part of the syntax), I mean in any written language. From T-SQL to English, Rust to Japanese and Braille to Russian, what ever language you’re writing it’s important to make sure it’s well presented. Even this post you’re reading now, I’ve tried to ensure has good formatting, and is why I use a code prettifier/beautifier. So, why is formatting so important? One of the biggest reasons is that it makes your code readable….

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