# Validating a user

This works well, but can anybody see any faults in this code? If so, could you suggest ways in which I can fix it?

CREATE PROC ValidateUser
(
@Email NVARCHAR(100),
)
AS
IF EXISTS ( SELECT  1
FROM    dbo.[User]
WHERE   [Email] = @Email
SELECT  'True'
ELSE
SELECT  'False'


The only "fault" I see is that you return "magic strings" as your result - those are always a bit hard to use, and can cause issues (if you misspell a string).

This is a boolean check - you get back True or False - but I would return the boolean values - not strings:

CREATE PROC ValidateUser
(@Email NVARCHAR(100),
AS
IF EXISTS (SELECT *
FROM dbo.[User]
SELECT 1
ELSE
SELECT 0


Or the other option would be to just return some column from the users table - if that user exists and the password hash matches, you get back a value - otherwise you get NULL:

CREATE PROC ValidateUser
(@Email NVARCHAR(100),

So if the user e-mail and password hash match and exist, then you get back the UserID - otherwise you get NULL. That's also a nice, clear, yes-or-no kind of answer
• Good suggestions! However, in the second query it might be safer to have a TOP 1 clause and to eventually return UserId as an output parameter. – Cristian Lupascu Jan 13 '12 at 16:09