Using SQL Server 2008 Change Data

Tuesday Apr 14th 2009 by DatabaseJournal.com Staff
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In many business applications, it is crucial to know how data has changed over time. For developers, this is not a new problem; many different solutions have been created to log changes. But creating a log is time-consuming. Read on to learn how SQL Server 2008 can help you save time and work more effectively.

[From Developer.com]

You've written a nice database application that allows the user to manipulate data in an SQL Server database. All is good, but the users would also like to see how the data in the database has changed over time. For instance, John wants to know how the customer records changed last week and Jane would like to know how those details were added into her latest sales order.

Technically speaking, keeping such a log inside your application is quite straight forward. If you have a properly architected layered application, you could add logging code into your data access layer (DAL), and then construct a user interface for this log. But, adding such capability to each and every operation and table is often time-consuming work. Wouldn't it be great if the database you use could help you in this common, but often times taxing work?

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