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Unable to open cursor created in SQL Express

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Hi there,

I'm following the book 'Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes' in Lesson 21 about cursors. I've created the cursor in the book with the code below.

Then I tried to open the cursor as stated in the book using the Open method as below and it gives me an error:

Msg 156, Level 15, State 1, Line 1
Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'cursor'.

So I look on the internet and try just open and the name of the cursor and I get the error:

Msg 16916, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
A cursor with the name 'CustCursor' does not exist.

I declare the cursor again with the same name and I get the error:

Msg 16915, Level 16, State 1, Line 3
A cursor with the name 'CustCursor' already exists.

So what I've figured is that the cursor 'CustCursor' is already created but I can't open it. Can anyone tell me what's going on?

Thanks
declare CustCursor cursor
for
select * from customers
where cust_email is null;
 
 
open cursor CustCursor;
 
 
open CustCursor;

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Raja Jegan R earned 50 total points
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Your cursor Structure is not complete. A complete cursor statement needs to have Declare, Open, Fetch, Close and Deallocate to avoid these kind of errors. An Example for Complete structure is given below:

DECLARE Employee_Cursor CURSOR FOR
SELECT EmployeeID, Title FROM AdventureWorks.HumanResources.Employee;
OPEN Employee_Cursor;
FETCH NEXT FROM Employee_Cursor;
WHILE @@FETCH_STATUS = 0
   BEGIN
      FETCH NEXT FROM Employee_Cursor;
   END;
CLOSE Employee_Cursor;
DEALLOCATE Employee_Cursor;
GO

<< A cursor with the name 'CustCursor' already exists.>>

As I mentioned earlier, You have Opened a cursor without closing it. So it is not closed and hence a new cursor can't be opened in the same name. Kindly restart the SQL Services to get it closed out.
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by:longe77
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Thanks rrjegan17.

I finally got it to work. I adapted your code and I inserted a print statement to print the contents of the variable. Well, as I am learning SQL from a book I haven't spotted the significance of using Cursors. I could have obtained the same results using a select statement.

Why would I need a cursor? I understand that a Cursor goes through records line by line.
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