ISO 4217 Currency list

To maintain a list of currencies, I have been looking for a standard and a external resource.
The standard ISO 4217 is described at Wikipedia, and though that article I found the resource at iso.org in a XML document.

A quick way to read the currency list using PowerShell:
[xml]$ISO4217 = (New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString('http://www.currency-iso.org/dl_iso_table_a1.xml')

Write-Verbose -Message "Currency count = $($ISO4217.ISO_CCY_CODES.ISO_CURRENCY.count)" -Verbose

foreach($Currency in $ISO4217.ISO_CCY_CODES.ISO_CURRENCY) {

The output on a currency is like this:
CURRENCY        : Danish Krone
MINOR_UNIT      : 2

When you have the currency list, I think it is rather simple to update a internal list, e.g. in a database table.

You could add properties like last update timestamp or private identifier to meet your own needs.

Also the wikipedia article has a list of historical currency codes, that could be added to the internal list.

Logging in T-SQL scripts

I am working on a major version upgrade of a system that is using SharePoint and private databases. In both cases with 100+ GB data. Most database parts are scripted, and some tasks are running for hours.
Still it is important to the planning to know the execution time of the tasks and their steps.

This logging and timing I have done by wrapping the steps in some messages:
DECLARE @start datetime2 = SYSDATETIME();
DECLARE @errmsg nvarchar(2047) = LEFT(CONVERT(nvarchar(128), @start, 127), 22) + N' : Start';

-- Do something
WAITFOR DELAY '00:00:23';  -- HH:mm:ss

DECLARE @finish datetime2 = SYSDATETIME();
DECLARE @duration int = DATEDIFF(ms,@start,@finish);
SET @errmsg = LEFT(CONVERT(nvarchar(128), @finish, 127), 22) + N' : Finish after ' + CAST(@duration AS nvarchar(128)) + N' ms.';

I do the LEFT( ..., 22 ) on the timestamp in the message to increase readability of the output.
The duration of the step is in this case measured in milliseconds (ms), but could be measured in another unit. Unfortunately this unit can not be in a parameter, or as they say in the documentation on DATEDIFF() "User-defined variable equivalents are not valid.".

To get a readable duration instead of a lot of ms like 56135000 you can create a TimeSpan object in PowerShell.
PS> \([System.TimeSpan]::FromMilliseconds(56135000)).ToString()
This will give a formatted timespan
Which is 15 hours, 35 minutes and 35 seconds.

If I have a larger script file with several steps, I would go for a PowerShell solution as I then would have better possibilities to log and use general parameters.


2012-06-26 Entry created.
2015-02-05 Section about TimeSpan object added.