Top 5 Transact SQL Commands in SQL Server 2012

SQL Server 2012 has quite a few new Transact SQL Commands. We are going to discuss Top 5 of these SQL statements, here are they:

  2. NEW Date functions
  3. New Logical functions
  5. Format command in SQL 2012



Sequence feature which has been in Oracle for a number of years is now available in MS SQL 2012! A Sequence object is an object that provides functionality similar to Identity (Autonumber) column. The sequence object can be used with more than one table which is not possible in identity object. This is useful when you have parent-child tables and you want to know the value of the ID column before you insert records. We are including some examples here that you can use with SQL Server 2012.

–By Itself

create sequence dbsequence
start with 1 increment by 5

select next value for dbsequence

Returns 1

select next value for dbsequence

Returns 6

drop sequence dbsequence

–With a table

create sequence idsequence
start with 1 increment by 3

create table Products_ext
id int,
Name varchar(50)

INSERT dbo.Products_ext (Id, Name)
VALUES (NEXT VALUE FOR dbo.idsequence, ‘ProductItem’)

select * from Products_ext

/* If you run the above statement two types, you will get the following:-

1    ProductItem
4    ProductItem


drop table Products_ext
drop sequence idsequence

Date Functions in MS SQL 2012

There are a number of new date functions in Microsoft SQL Server 2012. We are going to discuss two of the following functions:

  2. EOMONTH Function

DATEFROMPARTS function takes three integer parameters and builds a date data type out of them. Here is some SQL 2012 Transact SQL that shows you the DATEFROMPARTS date function in action:

@year int,
@month int,
@day int

set @year=2012
set @month=9
set @day=28

select datefromparts(@year, @month, @day) as mydate


EOMONTH Function: Many applications need the last day of the month for a specific month. EOMONTH Function lets you do just that. Lets check out the following Sql statements:

declare @mydate datetime
set @mydate=’07/23/12′

select eomonth(@mydate)

Other useful datetime functions in SQL Server 2012 are:



New Logical functions in MS SQL 2012

Just like the Data functions, SQL Server 2012 has new features in regards to Logical functions as well. We will take a look at two of them: CHOOSE and IIF SQL functions.

CHOOSE is a simple function and returns the specified index from a list of values. Here are two examples:

Select CHOOSE(2, ‘Kash’, ‘Money’) –Money is second value
Select CHOOSE(1, ‘Kash’, ‘Money’) –Kash is first value

IIF function which is quite popular in MS Office applications is not available in SQL Server 2012. This function takes three arguments. If the first argument is true, it will return the second argument as result or it will return the third argument as result. In other words, it kinda works like a case statement. Here is the TSQL syntax with examples:

–select iif(first argument, second argument, third argument)

select IIF(100>50, ‘true’, ‘false’)

Returns true

select IIF(100<50, ‘true’, ‘false’)

Returns false


When you need to combine different text values in SQL Server 2012, you can use the new feature CONCAT. This function helps you concatenate two or strings together. Here is my name with CONCAT function!!

SELECT CONCAT (‘Kash’, ‘Money’, ‘Millionaire’)

Returns KashMoneyMillionaire

–Also can be used in a table, using employees from Northwind database

select * from employees

select concat(firstname, ‘ ‘, lastname) as FullName
from employees

FORMAT command in MS SQL 2012

Using FORMAT command is especially helpful when you are working with dates in SQL Server 2012. Syntax is as follows:

FORMAT (value, format [,culture])

Lets go ahead and see the Format command in action.

GETDATE(), –native date
FORMAT (GETDATE(), ‘d’), –without leading zero
FORMAT (GETDATE(), ‘dd/MM/yyyy’) –custom format


Output for this is:

2012-08-20 10:36:59.247    8/20/2012    20/08/2012


If you would like to learn more, check out our page on SQL Server 2012 Tutorial.




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