SQL SERVER – Correct Syntax for Stored Procedure SP

Just a day ago, I received interesting question about correct syntax for Stored Procedure. Many readers of this blog will think that it is very simple question. The reason this is interesting is the question behavior of BEGIN … END statements and GO command in Stored Procedure.

Let us first see what is correct syntax.

Correct Syntax:

I have seen many new developers write statements after END statement. This will not work but will probably execute first fine when stored procedure is created. Rule is anything between BEGIN and END will be created as part of the stored procedure and will work fine. However, anything after GO statement will be not part of Stored Procedure. Nesting of BEGIN … END statement is allowed in Stored Procedure.

Incorrect Syntax : (This may not throw an error)


Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

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47 thoughts on “SQL SERVER – Correct Syntax for Stored Procedure SP

  1. – Please take a look at the below code there is a statement
    – after the Nested BEGIN….END, which will be executed
    – every time the SP is called

    Create procedure New_test
    print ‘hai’
    print ‘hello’
    end — Actual end of Nested BEGIN & END
    print ‘hello_123′ — Out of scope, But executes

  2. in oracle stored procedureis
    create procedure sri(uname1 in varchar,pwd1 in varchar,f out number)
    select count(*) into f from login where uname=uname1 and pwd=pwd1;
    plz write this into sqlserver2005

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  4. “This will not work but will probably execute first fine when stored procedure is created.”

    This is not true. I just tested on SQL 2008 and even the code outside the END executes with the proc.

    The relevant command is the GO command, it’s what executes the CREATE STATEMENT.


  5. Hi This is Rahul

    As you have given some query for to fine out the stored procedure which are related to one or another table.

    —-Option 1
    FROM syscomments sc
    INNER JOIN sysobjects so ON sc.id=so.id
    WHERE sc.TEXT LIKE ‘%tablename%’

    I have checked the above query with two different input,but i am getting two output.
    First i have given the table name as dbo.tablename,
    i am getting lot of stored prcdure output
    second time i have given only the table name as “table name” only, that time i am getting different outout.
    Can you please explain, y this happened?


  6. Pinal,

    Begin and End can be used if you want to execute set of commands if some conditions are met (using a if statement)
    Otherwsie thery are optional and all statements will work even there are statements after END

  7. What is going on here?

    You have two examples, one of which is supposed to have the correct syntax and the other is supposed to have incorrect syntax.

    But both examples are *identical*. This blog entry is confusing.

  8. Hi,

    Can we add sql select statements between ‘AS’ and ‘BEGIN’? like ..

    DECLARE @sDate varchar(20),
    @sNm varchar(40),
    @sid int

    SELECT @sid= s_id
    FROM dbo.su
    WHERE s_cd= @userid


    Any impact?

    - JB

  9. Hello sir..
    I am working with SQL Server ,,
    I don’t know…
    Create a Data base.
    Create a table,
    Please help me…
    i am wait

  10. In your Guideliness of SQL Server , you have mention that “Use BEGIN .. END blocks only when multiple statementa are present within a conditional code segment.”
    But the example you have given here contains only one statement where you have used BEGIN END block?

  11. Is there any sence in writing begin at start and end at end of SP??

    Is it working like transactions??

    Please clarify me the use of begin and end.

  12. Hi, I’m new to stored procedures. I can’t seem to find resources on examples of Stored Procedures.

    How can I write one to select a field from a table, do some calculations using that field, and then update the value of another field in the same table with the result of the calculation. In the select statement I need to select all the records so I’m guessing there is a loop for the second part.

    • Create procedure proc_name
      –procedure code here


      Create function func_name
      returns datatype
      –procedure code here


      SQL Server help file will help you understand better

  13. Query to find duplicate tables in the database

    Select * from sys.tables where name in (Select name from sys.tables group by name having COUNT (*) = 1)

  14. which is correct to make changes in stored procedure or to drop the created procedure and create a new one?
    If so what is the syntax to alter the stored procedure?

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