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SQL TRY/CATCH testing for existence.

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I am reading Microsoft SQL Server 2008 - Database Development book for example 70-433.

On page 155 (in the NOTE TRAPPING ERRORS) it states that "you cannot use TRY...CATCH block to test for an objects existence".

I put this to the test and the TRY did pass control to the CATCH. Here is my code. Can anybody explain this to me...Thanks.

CREATE TABLE dbo.test
(
ID INT NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY
)

BEGIN TRY
CREATE TABLE dbo.test
(
ID INT NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY
)
END TRY
BEGIN CATCH
PRINT 'Table cannot be created'
END CATCH
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You're testing if an object can be created in your example, and the TRY...CATCH would handle that properly. They're referring to something liek this:

BEGIN TRY
   select * from SomeTableThatDoesntExist
END TRY
BEGIN CATCH
    PRINT 'Table does not exist'
END CATCH

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If you execute that, you'll get a SQL Error, not your printed error statement from the CATCH block. What they're saying is that a missing object won't pass control to the CATCH block, it will stop your script in its tracks, so you can't use TRY...CATCH for control flow in this case.
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