Data migration script for static table's data

Suppose that you have an application in which you have a table containing static data and you need this data whenever you recreate the database. Using the script given below, you can create a batch of insert statements that you can keep in your database creation script and start using the database after the database creation without reloading any data. It has been tested on SQL Server 7.0.

/*  use the below script to get the insert statements for Jobs table in PUBS
database. */

select 'Insert into Jobs values(' +
convert(varchar,job_id) + ",'" + job_desc + "'," +
convert(varchar,min_lvl) + "," + convert(varchar,max_lvl) + ")"
from Jobs
The batch statements generated by the above statement can be stored in a text file and used whenever the database is re-created or migrated.

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This was first published in February 2005

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