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I then need to run the following script:

declare Detail_Cursor cursor for
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The message I receive is "must declare variable @table".

Immediately prior to this script I printed out the result of @table which works fine so the variable obviously is declared and populated.

Can anyone let me know what I'm doing wrong or how I can get the same result.


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Dear all,

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Thanks in advance!

CREATE FUNCTION FAC_user.Overzicht_DTe (@tabel1 as nvarchar, @proces as nvarchar, @categorie as nvarchar)
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declare @aantal numeric

if @proces = 'Inhuizen'
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AND @tabel1.ItemType = 'ZVHN'
AND @tabel1.ItemType = 'ZVIG'
AND @tabel1.ItemType = 'ZVIN'
GROUP BY@tabel1.Maand, @tabel1.Jaar)

if @categorie = 'open_te_laat'
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AND @tabel1.ItemType = 'ZVIG'
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