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How To Get the Definition of a User Defined Function Back?

If you want get the definition of an existing user defined function back from the SQL Server, you can use the system view called sys.sql_modules, which stores definitions of functions, stored procedures, and views.

The sys.sql_modules holds user defined function definitions identifiable by the object id of each function. The tutorial exercise below shows you how to retrieve the definition of stored procedure, "Sundays" by joining sys.sql_modules and sys.objects:

USE FyiCenterData;
GO

SELECT m.definition 
   FROM sys.sql_modules m, sys.objects o
   WHERE m.object_id = o.object_id
   AND o.name = 'Sundays';   
GO
definition
-----------------------------------------------
CREATE FUNCTION Sundays()
   RETURNS INT
   AS BEGIN
      DECLARE @date DATETIME;
      DECLARE @count INT;
      SET @date = '2006-12-31'; 
      SET @count = 0;
      WHILE DATEPART(YEAR, @date) <= 2008 BEGIN
         SET @date = DATEADD(DAY, 1, 
(1 row(s) affected)

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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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