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Instead of delete trigger - Part 47

Suggested SQL Server Videos before watching this Video
Part 45 - Instead of Insert Trigger
Part 46 - Instead of Update Trigger

In this video we will learn about, INSTEAD OF DELETE trigger. An INSTEAD OF DELETE trigger gets fired instead of the DELETE event, on a table or a view. For example, let's say we have, an INSTEAD OF DELETE trigger on a view or a table, and then when you try to update a row from that view or table, instead of the actual DELETE event, the trigger gets fired automatically. INSTEAD OF DELETE TRIGGERS, are used, to delete records from a view, that is based on multiple tables.

Let's create the required Employee and Department tables, that we will be using for this demo.

SQL Script to create tblEmployee table:
CREATE TABLE tblEmployee
Id int Primary Key,
Name nvarchar(30),
Gender nvarchar(10),
DepartmentId int

SQL Script to create tblDepartment table 
CREATE TABLE tblDepartment
DeptId int Primary Key,
DeptName nvarchar(20)

Insert data into tblDepartment table
Insert into tblDepartment values (1,'IT')
Insert into tblDepartment values (2,'Payroll')
Insert into tblDepartment values (3,'HR')
Insert into tblDepartment values (4,'Admin')

Insert data into tblEmployee table
Insert into tblEmployee values (1,'John', 'Male', 3)
Insert into tblEmployee values (2,'Mike', 'Male', 2)
Insert into tblEmployee values (3,'Pam', 'Female', 1)
Insert into tblEmployee values (4,'Todd', 'Male', 4)
Insert into tblEmployee values (5,'Sara', 'Female', 1)
Insert into tblEmployee values (6,'Ben', 'Male', 3)

Since, we now have the required tables, let's create a view based on these tables. The view should return Employee Id, Name, Gender and DepartmentName columns. So, the view is obviously based on multiple tables.
Script to create the view:
Create view vWEmployeeDetails
Select Id, Name, Gender, DeptName
from tblEmployee 
join tblDepartment
on tblEmployee.DepartmentId = tblDepartment.DeptId

When you execute, Select * from vWEmployeeDetails, the data from the view, should be as shown below

In Part 45, we tried to insert a row into the view, and we got an error stating - 'View or function vWEmployeeDetails is not updatable because the modification affects multiple base tables'. Along, the same lines, in Part 46, when we tried to update a view that is based on multiple tables, we got the same error. To get the error, the UPDATE should affect both the base tables. If the update affects only one base table, we don't get the error, but the UPDATE does not work correctly, if the DeptName column is updated.

Now, let's try to delete a row from the view, and we get the same error.
Delete from vWEmployeeDetails where Id = 1

Script to create INSTEAD OF DELETE trigger:
Create Trigger tr_vWEmployeeDetails_InsteadOfDelete
on vWEmployeeDetails
instead of delete
Delete tblEmployee 
from tblEmployee
join deleted
on tblEmployee.Id = deleted.Id

--Delete from tblEmployee 
--where Id in (Select Id from deleted)

Notice that, the trigger tr_vWEmployeeDetails_InsteadOfDelete, makes use of DELETED table. DELETED table contains all the rows, that we tried to DELETE from the view. So, we are joining the DELETED table with tblEmployee, to delete the rows. You can also use sub-queries to do the same. In most cases JOINs are faster than SUB-QUERIEs. However, in cases, where you only need a subset of records from a table that you are joining with, sub-queries can be faster.

Upon executing the following DELETE statement, the row gets DELETED as expected from tblEmployee table
Delete from vWEmployeeDetails where Id = 1

Instead of Insert DELETED table is always empty and the INSERTED table contains the newly inserted data.
Instead of Delete INSERTED table is always empty and the DELETED table contains the rows deleted
Instead of Update DELETED table contains OLD data (before update), and inserted table contains NEW data(Updated data)


  1. Hi Venkat,

    The syntax is a little different from the standard delete statement ... could you explain the logic for the delete tbl from tbl please? The subquery version I understand.

    Delete tblEmployee from tblEmployee
    join deleted on tblEmployee.Id = deleted.Id

  2. Hi venkat , Can u please upload the Jquery Tutorails and Web API's

  3. Hi Shaolin Tourist
    When using the Delete command in Tsql 'from' is optional, it is simply the same as saying Delete * From tablename. So that satement is the same as Delete * From tblEmployee Join deleted on tblEmployee.Id=deleted.Id
    This link shows that 'from' is an optional key word in the delete command syntax in tsql

  4. Hi,venkat..join will give better performance comparing to subquries..please can you explain with an example.


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