SDU Tools: Finding the current session decimal separator in SQL Server T-SQL

I often say that I love writing code that writes code. I use T-SQL to generate T-SQL scripts all the time. (I use Excel to do it too but that's a story for another day). An issue I ran into a while back though, was how to output decimal numbers. I wanted to make sure I was using the correct decimal separator for the user who was running the script.

If you're not aware, it's common in European countries to write numbers like 234232,45 where in other countries we'd write 234232.45 instead. You can see that in the main image above where I've output a value with German culture.

The CurrentSessionDecimalSeparator function in our free SDU Tools for developers and DBAs, does this. It provides the separator that's currently in use.

It takes no parameters.

And of course, it's also important to get the thousands separator if one of those is needed. So we've provided CurrentSessionThousandsSeparator as well.

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You can see them 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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