I am writting a dynamic sql to drop and create view in different database.

So I wrote:

set @CreateViewStatement = 
                USE ['+ @DB +'];
                CREATE VIEW [dbo].[MyTable]

                SELECT ........something
exec (@CreateViewStatement)

It gives me error:

'CREATE VIEW' must be the first statement in a query batch.

If I remove the USE DATABASE statement it works fine, but then the database is not specify anymore....

How can I solve this problem?


You can use nested EXEC calls. The database context changed by the USE persists to the child batch.


SET @DB = 'tempdb'

DECLARE @CreateViewStatement NVARCHAR(MAX) 
SET @CreateViewStatement = '
      USE '+ QUOTENAME(@DB) +';
             CREATE VIEW [dbo].[MyTable] AS
             SELECT 1 AS [Foo]

EXEC (@CreateViewStatement)
  • 1
    +1 - If you script out views using SMO this is how the framework does it as well - definitions are executed in dynamic SQL to get around the restriction
    – JNK
    Feb 2 '12 at 16:44
  • 1
    @KingChan - you can both upvote and accept, FYI ;)
    – JNK
    Feb 2 '12 at 16:54
  • @JNK +1 of course~ :)
    – King Chan
    Feb 2 '12 at 17:42
  • definitely worked!! although i used it, wih many variables inside the nested query so i was a headache becuz of the quote handling! great solution though !
    – user20268
    Feb 18 '13 at 1:49
  • You are a hero. Will name my firstborn child after you.
    – Jens
    May 3 '17 at 12:16

One way I have handled when run into this case is placing GO after use statement.

set @CreateViewStatement = 
  USE ['+ @DB +']; GO
  CREATE VIEW [dbo].[MyTable]

  SELECT ........something'
exec (@CreateViewStatement)
  • Just so you know, GO statment won't runs in exec
    – King Chan
    Feb 2 '12 at 17:44
  • 2
    This won't work in the context of dynamic SQL. GO is a batch delimiter in the client tools not a TSQL keyword. Feb 2 '12 at 17:45

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