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SQL: Sort results based on a Stored Procedure parameter

If you want to be able to specify the sort criteria for the results returned from a stored procedure, based on a provided parameter, you might want to try using the QUOTENAME function 1.

Example:

Firstly, here is the declaration (it can easily be changed into a stored procedure):

Next, try the SELECT statement without using QUOTENAME:

You should receive the following error:

Msg 1008, Level 16, State 1, Line 4
The SELECT item identified by the ORDER BY number 1 contains a variable as part of the expression identifying a column position. Variables are only allowed when ordering by an expression referencing a column name.

Now, try using the QUOTENAME Function: (you have to use a variable to build the SQL statement)

This should now work 🙂

If you want to see what the QUOTENAME function returns, try this:

The returned result should be:

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