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SQL Server video to test what an application would do in the past or in the future


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Testing T-SQL application code that has time dependencies can be a very difficult and error prone task. By borrowing a technique from Test-Driven-Development and using a mock-time instead of the real time it becomes easy to test how a stored procedure or function would behave at some other time in the past or the future. This is done by replacing calls to getdate() from within application code with a function that returns the mock-time when run during a test.

Key Learning Items
  • How to create your own current date/time using a date in the past or future
  • Examples using DATEPART, DATEFROMPARTS, DATEADD
  • Learn about CONTEXT_INFO()
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MSSQLTips author Andy Novick Andy Novick is a SQL Server Developer in the Boston area with 25 years of database and application development experience.

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