sql 2000 - can I use union with stored procedures?

I am using SQL 2000
I have a very lenght sql query with many select queries joined with UNION, like this:
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select
Col1, Col2, COl3, Col4
form MyTable1
uion
select
Col1, null, Col2, Col3
from MyTable2
...
....
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If I create stored procedures as follows:

Create procedures as sp1
select
Col1, Col2, COl3
form MyTable1

create procedures as sp2
select
Col1, Col2, COl3
form MyTable2

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I would then like to do something like this
select * from
(exec sp1) as T1
union
select * from
(exec sp2) as T2
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I tried the above and It doesn't work (syntax errors): Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'execute'.
Is it possible to use UNION when executing stored procedures?

novice12Asked:
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Connect With a Mentor Billing EngineerCommented:
now, if you are only doing a select from a table without any parameters, you will even better be off to use a view instead of procedures/functions.

create view view_1
as
 begin
  select * from table1
 end


now, the function way would be:


create function function1()
returns table ( col1 int, col2 varchar(20)  )
as
 begin
  return ( select field1, field2 from table1)
 end


with a paramter:

create function function1( @param int )
returns table ( col1 int, col2 varchar(20)  )
as
 begin
  return ( select field1, field2 from table1 where somefield = @param)
 end


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gpompeCommented:
you cannot do that
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
no, you cannot use UNION with stored procedures.

but you CAN use UNION with stored functions, so if you can transform your procedures into functions, you can do this:

select * from dbo.Function1()
union all
select * from dbo.Function2()


note that you should use UNION ALL wherever possible, as UNION alone does a implicit DISTINCT on the returned rows, which first of all costs resources and is often giving confusion
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novice12Author Commented:
How can I transform a select query into a function?

create function1()
as
 begin
  select * from table1
 end

Is the above possible?
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novice12Author Commented:
I will go with the view. It's much easier. Thanks
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laparico2002Commented:
I have a stored procedure as written below;
CREATE PROCEDURE StaffnFamily
AS
SELECT EmployeeId, Name, DateOfBirth, RelationShip
FROM FamilyDetails union
 ( SELECT EmployeeId, Name, DateOfBirth, 'Self' AS "_'Self'_"
FROM Employees )
GO

But when i called it in my vb 60 program, it give me an error; "Invalid object name 'StaffnFamily'.
can this stored procedure be converted in view for me to use? if so how?
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