MS SQL Inserting Data Best Practices

I'm trying to find some best practices for importing data into a SQL table.  Not just any SQL table, but an existing table that is used in a complex application.

What I mean by complex is that the table may have many constraints or a trigger or some other unforeseen complication.

I tried a few google searches, but I'm just finding results on how to do inserts.

I know that one cannot just blindly start importing data into a system because all kinds of havoc can be done without careful planning and data quality checks.

How does this apply to different databases such as MSSQL, MySQL, DB2 Oracle, etcetera
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Jeff DarlingDeveloper AnalystAsked:
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Dan CraciunConnect With a Mentor IT ConsultantCommented:
Make a (temporary) table(s) with your new data.
Then duplicate your production db into a staging one.

Then use
INSERT into staging_table
    SELECT fields FROM new_table

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This will insert data checking for indexes and constraints.

Once you're convinced all is good, replace the production db with the staging one.

HTH,
Dan
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Jeff DarlingDeveloper AnalystAuthor Commented:
Thanks Dan, thats a great idea.  that way Unit testing can be done.  It also is helpful to have a development environment.

as soon as I posted this, I tried a few more queries in Google and found some good best practices for SQL in general.  I can look at those and extrapolate from there.
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Jeff DarlingDeveloper AnalystAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the feedback and your patience.
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Glad I could help!
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