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Savepoints in Transactions

Kevin Wilkie continues a series on transactions in SQL Server:

All right, now that everyone’s back with us, we’ll talk more about everyone’s favorite – transactions. When they deal with transactions, most people only know how to begin one, then either commit it or roll it back. But there’s so much more you can do with a transaction!

This time I want to focus on savepoints for transactions. Yes, the same term you’ve been using in games for years can be used in the workplace!

I think I have actually made use of savepoints in production code…maybe twice? It always seems like whenever I might actually make use of one (rather than simply rolling it all back and starting over) that there’s some limitation which makes them not useful.