SQL trigger after update of a table

Hi experts,

I am trying to write a SQL tigger however not having done one before all the examples I have found are a bit daunting and I don't quite fully understand them.

The scenario is that a table called workorders.workorders has a column that is updated called status.

What I am looking to dos when this status changes to complete or closed that the field closed date gets the system damage.

I would be very grateful if someone could give me an example and break it down for me please.

Thanks

Simon
SimonPrice33Asked:
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Bhavesh ShahConnect With a Mentor Lead AnalysistCommented:
hi,

you wanted to update date only when status update, if so check out the following code.

CREATE TRIGGER Trigegr1 ON Table1 FOR INSERT,UPDATE
AS
SET NOCOUNT ON
	IF(UPDATE(Status))
	BEGIN		
		
		UPDATE Table1
		SET UpdatedOn = getdate()
		WHERE STATUS = 'Closed'
	
	END

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englanddgCommented:
What do you mean by the term "system damage"?  Can you elaborate?
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SimonPrice33Author Commented:
Sorry, that was auto correct on the iPad.

System date it was meant to say
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englanddgCommented:
Well, a few ways you could do it.

1)  You could have a SQL Agent job that updates the table.  Query would be something like this.

update <tablename> set statusdate = date() where statusdate is NULL and status = 'Closed'

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2)  You could do it with an update through the UI itself...
  update <tablename> set statusdate = date() where ticketid = <%=ticketid%>

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Or something like that.

3)  You want to use a trigger.  Which, is probably the best way.  So, here ya go.  I'm not going to steal this tutorial, cause it's perfect.  Gives you what you want, I think.

http://www.sqlteam.com/article/an-introduction-to-triggers-part-i

Let me know if you have any questions.
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SimonPrice33Author Commented:
I am having trouble getting the link on my laptop, but will read through it on the iPad and try it shortly
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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
CREATE TRIGGER workorders__TRG_UPDATE
ON dbo.workorders
AFTER UPDATE
AS
SET NOCOUNT ON
IF UPDATE(status)
BEGIN
    UPDATE wo
    SET [closed date] = GETDATE()
    FROM inserted i
    INNER JOIN deleted d ON
        d.key_col = i.key_col
    INNER JOIN workorders wo ON
        wo.key_col = i.key_col
    WHERE
        i.status IN ('closed', 'complete') AND
        ISNULL(o.status, '.') <> i.status
END --IF
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SimonPrice33Author Commented:
perfect thank you
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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
You do realize that trigger/UPDATE will always update every row, right?
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Anthony PerkinsCommented:
Quite.  It sort of defeats the point of a TRIGGER.  I suspect they will notice something is amiss when they start seeing all the same dates for all the rows, regardless of when or even whether they were updated or not!
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