In SQL Server 2005, you can now use a variable when getting the first n number of rows in a
DECLARE @NumberOfRowsIWant INT SET @NumberOfRowsIWant = 23 SELECT TOP (@NumberOfRowsIWant) * FROM T_Client
OUTPUT clause added in SQL 2005 gives you access to the inserted and deleted tables, normally only useable in a trigger, in your stored procedures (SP). Combine the clause with an
UPDATE or a
DELETE and you can, for example, select fields from the rows inserted into a temporary table for later use. A slight drawback is that triggers on the tables inserted / updated / deleted could cause values in these tables in your SP not to be available.
See some examples of projects that OCC have worked on using MySQL and SQL Server.