One thing I've always wanted to be able to do is to parse the result set(s) of a stored procedure, so that I can easily create a structure to contain it's output. This thread on sqlteam.com details a way to capture the output without knowing the structure ahead of time. This is done by using a linked server that loops back to itself, and then runs this statement:
select * into #t from openquery(loopback, 'exec yourSproc')
to select the results into a temp table, the metadata of which can then be parsed as needed. This leads to the 'pie in the sky' idea of a stored proc that, given the name of another stored proc, will output a CREATE TABLE script that mirrors the result set of the second stored proc.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
I recently encountered the classic problem of removing trailing zeroes from formatted numeric output, and after mocking up some complicated code and doing some research, I came across a thread that says to convert it to float before varchar. It's a perfect solution that is simple and works correctly.