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Back To Basics: The INSERT Statement

Published On: 2008-03-24By:

While the SELECT statement is probably the most important command, the INSERT comes in handy.  The INSERT statement is used to do exactly what it sounds like, it inserts data into a table.

 There are two ways to insert data into a table.  The first is to pass in each of the values, and the second is to insert the data from a select statement.

For both commands we’ll be using a new table with this definition.
IF EXISTS (SELECT * FROM sysobjects WHERE name = 'InsertTable')
DROP TABLE InsertTable
(id INT,
name sysname)

First lets look at passing in the values. With this syntax we specify the names of the columns, and then specify each of the values.

(id, name)
(0, 'test')

Second we’ll look at the SELECT statement. There are two ways we can do this as well. The first is to load a single set of values with the select statement. When doing this you can optionally specify the column names or not.

SELECT 0, 'test'

The second option with the SELECT statement is to use a SELECT statement from a table. All of the functionally of the SELECT statement is available when using the SELECT statement as part of the INSERT statement.

SELECT id, name
FROM sysobjects

We can also do this with some of the more advanced functions of the SELECT statement.

(name, id)
SELECT, count(*)
FROM sysobjects
JOIN syscolumns ON =

I hope that you find this post useful. I encourage everyone to open up Books OnLine and read through the information on the INSERT statement. It includes more examples, and some of the other options which are available to you.


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I had a great time speaking at the San Diego SQL User Group

Published On: 2008-03-21By:

I’d like to thank the San Diego SQL Server User Group for having me come and speak to them tonight.  I had a great time presenting both my SQL Server Query Tuning and SQL Server Service Broker presentations.  You can grab the slide deck and sample code from those two links.

 I was happy to fill in on short notice for them when there scheduled speak cancelled on them.  Hopefully the members liked the presentations as much as I liked giving them.  Hopefully the San Diego SQL Server User Group will invite me back in the future.


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Remote Desktop, it’s better than ever

Published On: 2008-03-20By:

Remote desktop is something that we’ve all used.  It’s easy to find, right there under Programs > Accessories.  But there is so much more that you can do than simply connect to a remote session with it.  If you start the program manually from the run line by running “mstsc.exe” with some switches you can do some great things.

If you add the /console switch you will be connected to the actual console of the server, not the virtual session.  This is very useful if you need to interact with a service which is running with the “Allow service to interact with desktop” option enabled.  It allow may allow you to log in if both virtual sessions are already taken by someone else.  Do keep in mind that if someone is using the physical console (ie. the actual keyboard and mouse) then you will kick them off of the machine when you log in.

If you add the /span switch your remote session will span multiple monitors.  This is very useful for people who use more than one monitor at the office (I’ve got two 20″ wide screens and it’s great to have all the desktop space for my servers as well as my workstation).

If you add the /f switch your session will be started in full screen mode.  This is handy if you usually use it in a window, but want a one time full screen connection.

If you add the /v switch you can specify on the command line which server you want to connect to.  This is very handy if you have changed the port number that the Remote Desktop service listens on for security reasons as you can also specify the port to connect to.

What a connection window of a specific size that isn’t available by dragging the slider back and forth within the GUI?  Then the /w and /h switches are perfect for you.  You can setup the window to be any size that you’d like.

I know that I use Remote Desktop everyday and these switches have made things easier and faster for me.


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