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Combining Insert/Update to one Procedure

, 14 Jul 2010 CPOL
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Why do developers insist on separate procedures to do these jobs
I can never understand why developers have both an Insert and an Update procedure, they do basically the same thing. If you combine them, you reduce the CRUD procedures by 25%, your DAL has 1 less method and management is simpler.

By simply managing the ID field(s), you can combine these operations into 1 procedure.
ALTER PROC [APExclusionUpdate]
  @ExclID INT,
  @EntityID INT,
  @AttrTypeID INT,
  @APLinkID INT,
  @Modified DATETIME,
  @ModifiedBy VARCHAR(100)
-------------------- Created by Classbuilder -----------
IF ISNULL(@ExclID, 0) = 0 -- decide to Insert based on ID
    INSERT  INTO APExclusion
      SCOPE_IDENTITY() AS ExclID -- return the new ID value
      EntityID = @EntityID,
      AttrTypeID = @AttrTypeID,
      APLinkID = @APLinkID,
      Modified = @Modified,
      ModifiedBy = @ModifiedBy
      ExclID = @ExclID
      @ExclID AS ExclID -- return the passed in ID value

This procedure decides whether to insert or update the record based on the ID fields. You can either return the ID or the new/updated record. I generally return the ID.

I have used this with both identity and GUID primary keys, GUID requires a bit more management.


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Comments and Discussions

GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Classic solution ...thnx bro PinmemberRavindra_Parcha23-Jan-12 8:20 
GeneralFor those of you that "don't get it", you should read Spaanj... PinmemberEngleA12-Apr-11 8:54 
GeneralReason for my vote of 2 I don't get it. You wouldn't combine... Pinmemberdmjm-h12-Apr-11 7:05 
GeneralRe: What makes you think an update and an insert have different ... PinmemberMycroft Holmes12-Apr-11 13:12 
GeneralI don't have any reason for separating the 2 methods In the ... PinmemberMycroft Holmes4-Apr-11 20:10 
GeneralRe: you can still do that in one procedure. Instead of SELECT S... PinmemberEngleA12-Apr-11 8:53 
GeneralReason for my vote of 3 - Multiple interpretation of the sam... PinmvpJani Giannoudis4-Apr-11 19:14 
GeneralReason for my vote of 3 Reduces the numbers of SP on server ... PinmemberSunnyonfire4-Apr-11 8:51 

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