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I would like to do this :


SET    SomeField = 'some value'
WHERE  EmailAddress = @EmailAddress -- this is a parameter of the sproc

Is this even possible? I know I can declare a local table variable and direct the output there but I would prefer to skip it if possible

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Could someone with a reputation with 300 or more please add a tag called "OUTPUT" to this (if you agree, of course). Thanks! – Andrei Rinea Aug 17 '12 at 19:34
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No, because you are potentially OUTPUTting multiple rows, which wouldn't fit into a scalar variable.

You need to output into a @Table variable or declared table to handle multiple rows of output.

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Yep. Even if the e-mail address is unique, it's not possible to hack it using composable DML and a single assignment SELECT. I get the error "A nested INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, or MERGE statement is not allowed in a SELECT statement that is not the immediate source of rows for an INSERT statement." This is kinda unfortunate because it's a really clean solution when you know you're only affecting a single row. – Jon Seigel Aug 17 '12 at 16:36
I understand. However I can say SELECT @JNK = SomeColumn FROM SomeTable WHERE SomeOtherColumn = MatchesMultipleRows... So why wasn't this constraint applied here? Anyway thanks and I'll just declare a local table variable and be done with it. Life goes on. :) – Andrei Rinea Aug 17 '12 at 19:23

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