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I was answering a question the other day "How do I send an e-mail from SQL?". I supplied an answer dealing with the techniques necessary to perform an action in SQL, assuming that the questioner already knew how to send an email from within a program, and just needed help with the SQL.

But I wondered later: is that right? Does the question imply he knows how to send an email (from inside a program), and only needs help with the SQL part? Perhaps you could help.

Edited to clarify the meaning of 'send an email'.

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OT: is he sure he wants to send an email using a database? O_o Fine, as far as I know this might be possible, but I can't picture out any situation where this might make some sense. –  Lohoris Jan 17 '11 at 16:44
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@Lo'oris: the question is here... stackoverflow.com/questions/4704882/… –  Brian Hooper Jan 17 '11 at 17:42
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As stated, I would assume he knows what email and SQL are, but not how to send an email from SQL.

At least for MS SQL, sending an email involves non-trivial configuration, which I would guess is probably the part he was stuck on.

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thank you. –  Brian Hooper Jan 19 '11 at 7:04
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I would assume that if someone even knows what SQL is, they would know how to do a very basic thing like sending an e-mail.

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@Elendil, sorry, I didn't make clear that the questioner wanted to send mail from inside a program, which isn't quite a trivial operation. I've edited my question. –  Brian Hooper Jan 17 '11 at 13:42
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