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SQL cRetae table with Date Field that defaults to today's date

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What SQL syntax would I use to create a table in SQL that has a Date Field that defaults to today's date when data is uploaded?
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Question by:murbro
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CREATE TABLE YourTable
    (
      DateColumnWithDefault DATE NOT NULL
                                 CONSTRAINT DF_YourTable_DateColumnWithDefault DEFAULT ( GETDATE() ) ,
      Payload NVARCHAR(255)
    );

INSERT  INTO dbo.YourTable
        ( Payload )
VALUES  ( N'!' );

SELECT  *
FROM    dbo.YourTable YT;

DROP TABLE dbo.YourTable;

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The simplest syntax is just to add "DEFAULT GETDATE()" after the data type of the column:

CREATE TABLE tablename (
    id int,
    date_column datetime DEFAULT GETDATE(),
    ...
    )
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by:murbro
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Please use always explicitly named constraints. Otherwise you'll have a hard time reading error messages. While this is not really a DEFAULT problem, it especially is created by the short

CREATE TABLE tablename
(
    id INT PRIMARY KEY
);

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So, for symmetry or completeness reasons: Also name DEFAULT constraints.
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