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SQL Server FAQ - Using User Defined Functions in Expressions

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How To Use User Defined Functions in Expressions?

An user defined function must return a value, which can be used in any expression as long as the return value data type matches the expression.

To execute a user defined function and use its return value in an expression, you just need to enter the schema name and the function name as a value in the expression. The tutorial exercise below shows you how use a user defined function in an expression:

USE FyiCenterData;

-- Calling a function without schema name
PRINT 'Hi there, '+Welcome();
Msg 195, Level 15, State 10, Line 1
'Welcome' is not a recognized built-in function name.

-- Calling a function with schema name 
PRINT 'Hi there, '+dbo.Welcome();
Hi there, Welcome to FYIcenter.com

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  1. What Are User Defined Functions?
  2. What Are the Differences between User Defined Functions and Stored Procedures?
  3. How To Create a Simple User Defined Function?
  4. How To Use User Defined Functions in Expressions?
  5. How To List All User Defined Functions in the Current Database?
  6. How To Drop an Existing User Defined Function?
  7. How To Generate CREATE FUNCTION Script on an Existing Function?
  8. How To Get the Definition of a User Defined Function Back?
  9. How To Modify an Existing User Defined Function?
  10. How To Create User Defined Functions with Parameters?
  11. How To Provide Values to User Defined Function Parameters?
  12. Can You Pass Expressions to Function Parameters?
  13. How To Provide Default Values to Function Parameters?
  14. How Many Categories of Functions based Their Return Modes?
  15. How Many Ways to Create Table-Valued Functions?
  16. How To Create an Inline Table-Valued Function?
  17. How To Create an Multi-Statement Table-Valued Function?

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