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Part 68 - Optional parameters in sql server stored procedures

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Parameters of a sql server stored procedure can be made optional by specifying default values.


We wil be using table tblEmployee for this Demo.
CREATE TABLE tblEmployee
(
Id int IDENTITY PRIMARY KEY,
Name nvarchar(50),
Email nvarchar(50),
Age int,
Gender nvarchar(50),
HireDate date,
)



Insert into tblEmployee values
('Sara Nan','Sara.Nan@test.com',35,'Female','1999-04-04')
Insert into tblEmployee values
('James Histo','James.Histo@test.com',33,'Male','2008-07-13')
Insert into tblEmployee values
('Mary Jane','Mary.Jane@test.com',28,'Female','2005-11-11')
Insert into tblEmployee values
('Paul Sensit','Paul.Sensit@test.com',29,'Male','2007-10-23')

Name, Email, Age and Gender parameters of spSearchEmployees stored procedure are optional. Notice that, we have set defaults for all the parameters, and in the "WHERE" clause we are checking if the respective parameter IS NULL.
Create Proc spSearchEmployees
@Name nvarchar(50) = NULL,
@Email nvarchar(50) = NULL,
@Age int = NULL,
@Gender nvarchar(50) = NULL
as
Begin
Select * from tblEmployee where
(Name = @Name OR @Name IS NULLAND
(Email = @Email OR @Email IS NULLAND
(Age = @Age OR @Age IS NULLAND
(Gender = @Gender OR @Gender IS NULL
End

Testing the stored procedure
1. Execute spSearchEmployees -- This command will return all the rows
2. Execute spSearchEmployees @Gender = 'Male' -- Retruns only Male employees
3. Execute spSearchEmployees @Gender = 'Male', @Age = 29 -- Retruns Male employees whose age is 29

This stored procedure can be used by a search page that looks as shown below.
sql server stored procedure optional parameters

WebForm1.aspx:
<table style="font-family:Arial; border:1px solid black">
    <tr>
        <td colspan="4" style="border-bottom: 1px solid black">
            <b>Search Employees</b>
        </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
        <td>
            <b>Name</b>
        </td>
        <td>
            <asp:TextBox ID="txtName" runat="server"></asp:TextBox>
        </td>
        <td>
            <b>Email</b>
        </td>
        <td>
            <asp:TextBox ID="txtEmail" runat="server"></asp:TextBox>
        </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
        <td>
            <b>Age</b>
        </td>
        <td>
            <asp:TextBox ID="txtAge" runat="server"></asp:TextBox>
        </td>
        <td>
            <b>Gender</b>
        </td>
        <td>
            <asp:DropDownList ID="ddlGender" runat="server">
                <asp:ListItem Text="Any Gender" Value="-1"></asp:ListItem>
                <asp:ListItem Text="Male" Value="Male"></asp:ListItem>
                <asp:ListItem Text="Female" Value="Female"></asp:ListItem>
            </asp:DropDownList>
        </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
        <td colspan="4">
            <asp:Button ID="btnSerach" runat="server" Text="Search" 
                onclick="btnSerach_Click" />
        </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
        <td colspan="4">
            <asp:GridView ID="gvEmployees" runat="server">
            </asp:GridView>
        </td>
    </tr>
</table>

WebForm1.aspx.cs:
public partial class WebForm1 : System.Web.UI.Page
{
    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
        if (!IsPostBack)
        {
            GetData();
        }
    }

    protected void btnSerach_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
        GetData();
    }

    private void GetData()
    {
        string cs = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["DBCS"].ConnectionString;
        using (SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection(cs))
        {
            SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand("spSearchEmployees", con);
            cmd.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure;

            AttachParameter(cmd, "@Name", txtName);
            AttachParameter(cmd, "@Email", txtEmail);
            AttachParameter(cmd, "@Age", txtAge);
            AttachParameter(cmd, "@Gender", ddlGender);

            con.Open();
            gvEmployees.DataSource = cmd.ExecuteReader();
            gvEmployees.DataBind();
        }
    }

    private void AttachParameter(SqlCommand command, string parameterName, Control control)
    {
        if (control is TextBox && ((TextBox)control).Text != string.Empty)
        {
            SqlParameter parameter = new SqlParameter(parameterName, ((TextBox)control).Text);
            command.Parameters.Add(parameter);
        }
        else if (control is DropDownList && ((DropDownList)control).SelectedValue != "-1")
        {
            SqlParameter parameter = new SqlParameter parameterName, ((DropDownList)control).SelectedValue);
            command.Parameters.Add(parameter);
        }
    }
}

Make sure you have the following using statements in your code-behind page
using System;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Data;
using System.Data.SqlClient;
using System.Configuration;

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