A Column With Expression



An expression used on a column is a combination of operators and operands used to produce the value of the column. The user will not enter a value for such a column.

To visually specify an expression for a column, display the table in Design View. In the top section, enter or select the column name. In the bottom section, expand the Computed Column Specification field and, in its (Formula) field, enter the desired expression. Here is an example:


To create an expression in SQL, in the placeholder of the column, enter the name of the column, followed by AS, and followed by the desired expression. Here is an example:

    CircleID int identity(1,1) NOT NULL,
    Radius decimal(8, 3) NOT NULL,
    Area AS Radius * Radius * PI()

When performing data entry, you must not provide a value for a column that has an expression; the SQL interpreter would provide the value automatically. Here is an example of entering data for the above Circle table:

INSERT INTO Circle(Radius) VALUES(46.82);
INSERT INTO Circle(Radius) VALUES(8.15);
INSERT INTO Circle(Radius) VALUES(122.57);



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