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variable tablename ?

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I execute a stored procedure out of VB4.
In this stored procedure there is a SELECT FROM statement.
The problem is that I wanna use the sp to select from different tables. So there is my question:

Can I supply the tablename as a varible?
for example:

sp_get
@tablename char(25)

SELECT * FROM @tablename
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Question by:tell
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No you can't use a parameter for the table name.  A stored procedure is compiled to present an optimized query plan, based upon the tables involved and the columns access/filtered.

The best you can do is to create multiple differently named stored procedures (name them based upon table target table name), and then use a variable name to substitute the procedure name that works with the table you desire at run time.
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by:spiridonov
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Yes you can use tablename as a parameter.

CREATE PROCEDURE testt @tabname varchar(30)
AS
DECLARE @sql VARCHAR(100)
SELECT @sql="SELECT * FROM "+@tabname
EXEC(@sql)

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I would like to grade spirididonov with an AAA.
Thanks a lot !
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If you want to grade my answer you should have rejected the proposed answer. Or otherwise post the points as another question

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