I have this function get_department. Inside the function there is a function call for get_po_amount.

The get_po_amount function doesn't exist anymore, so when I try to create the Main function get_Department, I get the error "invalid object name get_po_amount".

Is there any way that I could create the function by not creating the function inside.

I have the same issue with views also. Calling a view inside another view.

I created these functions just to show an example, I need to do this on a large database.

        SELECT * FROM  [dbo].[dept] WHERE DEPTNO=(SELECT [dbo].[GET_PO_AMOUNT](@DEPTNO)))
  • This seems really confusing. If you are passing in the department number, why not just use that in the first query, SELECT * FROM [dbo].[dept] WHERE DEPTNO=@DEPTNO, instead of passing it into the subquery, which is either really poorly named or not returning the right thing
    – Kevin
    Nov 30, 2022 at 15:30
  • That's y said I gave the function just as an example. Dec 1, 2022 at 5:28
  • Do you see why using fake code that is confusing might make it hard for people to answer your question?
    – Kevin
    Dec 1, 2022 at 15:30
  • Its confusing because you didn't read what I wrote. You should have read it first completely .There are other people who read it right and answered . They didn't see anything confusing . Dec 2, 2022 at 4:29

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These things are strongly typed, in the sense that when you create a function or view, SQL Server needs to know what it returns. Having it use some non-existent object prohibits this strong typing, so that isn't possible.


You might need to find the hierarchy order of views and function to create like that .

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