Saturday, December 4, 2010

SQL Error Handling

Some time ago I wrote an introductory article for this site on SQL Error handling and the differences between SQL 2000 and SQL 2005 in that regard. (Download here as PDF). I had intended to expand upon this as a follow-up, but, as is so often the case, never got around to it.

Alex Kuznetsov has written a fantastic new book, "Defensive Database Programming with SQL Server", and one of the chapters from it deals with this subject in so much detail that I wouldn't dream of trying to top it. I'm not sure I'd completely agree with his contention that it may be better to implement your error trapping on the client in code, but his arguments are lucid and his examples compelling. Better yet, an article taken from the book on this subject can be found here. It's well worth your time.

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