SDU Tools: Date Dimension Period Columns in SQL Server T-SQL

The DateDimensionColumns function in our free SDU Tools for developers and DBAs, has been really popular. It provides the standard columns that are part of a typical date dimension in a data warehouse. But we're especially proud of a new function that can be used to expand a date dimension with really useful additional information. We call it DateDimensionPeriodColumns.

The DateDimensionColumns function had the usual columns:

Date, Day Number, Day Name, Short Day Name, Month Name, Short Month Name, Month Number, Month Label, Year, Year Label, Day of Year, Fiscal Month Number, Fiscal Month Label, Fiscal Year, Fiscal Year Label, Day of Fiscal Year, ISO Week Number

But the DateDimensionPeriodColumns function adds many more useful details:

Is Today, Is Yesterday, Is Tomorrow, Is Future, Is Working Day, Is Last Working Day, Is Next Working Day, Is Weekend, Is Same Month, Is Month to Date, Is Same Month Last Year, Is Month to Date Last Year, Is Same Calendar Year, Is Calendar Year to Date, Is Last Calendar Year, Is Last Calendar Year to Date, Is Same Fiscal Year, Is Same Fiscal Year to Date, Is Last Fiscal Year, Is Last Fiscal Year to Date

That should let you say bye-bye to a whole lot of tricky DAX; it's easy to just use those columns for relative or period filtering

Find out more

You can see it in action in the main image above, and in the video here. The full current version of the code is also shown below:

You can use our tools as a set or as a great example of how to write functions like these.

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