I have quite a few tables which contain some common columns (same name and datatype). On these columns I need to perform the same operations and I would like to do that via a stored procedure. However the only way I can make it work at the moment is using dynamic sql, which I'd rather avoid.

Is there any way to use a stored procedure for different tables (where the table name is handed over as parameter) without using dynamic sql?

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    Why do you want to avoid dynamic SQL? – Jon Seigel Aug 22 '14 at 17:35
  • @JonSeigel Because I find it much more difficult to maintain than "normal" sql: Intellisense won't work etc. Basically I don't want to use dynamic SQL as long as there is another approach that's still ok. Good question though. – ManOnAMission Aug 24 '14 at 16:35

The other thing you could do is create a view that unions the like tables together, and include a defined column with the table name, then just do a select against that view with the tablename in the where clause.

CREATE VIEW tablesviews AS
SELECT columns, 'TABLE1' as tablename
FROM Table1
SELECT columns, 'TABLE2' as tablename
FROM Table2

SELECT {some columns}
FROM  tableviews
WHERE Tablename=@table and [other where clauses]

one way i could think of is below..

create proc dynamictable   
@name varchar(100)    
if @name ='tablename1'    
select columns from tablename1    
select columns from tablename2    
  • It is often seen for event distribution, journals, logs, that the name of a table is selected from another control table, allowing rotation. – mckenzm Mar 14 at 21:43

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