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when will be using the save point and roll back in salesforce with examples

William TranWilliam Tran
Transaction Control

All requests are delimited by the trigger, class method, Web Service, Visualforce page or anonymous block that executes the Apex code. If the entire request completes successfully, all changes are committed to the database. For example, suppose a Visualforce page called an Apex controller, which in turn called an additional Apex class. Only when all the Apex code has finished running and the Visualforce page has finished running, are the changes committed to the database. If the request does not complete successfully, all database changes are rolled back.

Sometimes during the processing of records, your business rules require that partial work (already executed DML statements) be “rolled back” so that the processing can continue in another direction. Apex gives you the ability to generate a savepoint, that is, a point in the request that specifies the state of the database at that time. Any DML statement that occurs after the savepoint can be discarded, and the database can be restored to the same condition it was in at the time you generated the savepoint.

The following limitations apply to generating savepoint variables and rolling back the database:

If you set more than one savepoint, then roll back to a savepoint that is not the last savepoint you generated, the later savepoint variables become invalid. For example, if you generated savepoint SP1 first, savepoint SP2 after that, and then you rolled back to SP1, the variable SP2 would no longer be valid. You will receive a runtime error if you try to use it.
References to savepoints cannot cross trigger invocations because each trigger invocation is a new trigger context. If you declare a savepoint as a static variable then try to use it across trigger contexts, you will receive a run-time error.
Each savepoint you set counts against the governor limit for DML statements.

Static variables are not reverted during a rollback. If you try to run the trigger again, the static variables retain the values from the first run.

Each rollback counts against the governor limit for DML statements. You will receive a runtime error if you try to rollback the database additional times.
The ID on an sObject inserted after setting a savepoint is not cleared after a rollback. Create new a sObject to insert after a rollback. Attempting to insert the sObject using the variable created before the rollback fails because the sObject variable has an ID. Updating or upserting the sObject using the same variable also fails because the sObject is not in the database and, thus, cannot be updated.

The following is an example using the setSavepoint and rollback Database methods.
Account a = new Account(Name = 'xxx'); insert a;
System.assertEquals(null, [SELECT AccountNumber FROM Account WHERE Id = :a.Id].

// Create a savepoint while AccountNumber is null
Savepoint sp = Database.setSavepoint();

// Change the account number
a.AccountNumber = '123';
update a;
System.assertEquals('123', [SELECT AccountNumber FROM Account WHERE Id = :a.Id].

// Rollback to the previous null value
System.assertEquals(null, [SELECT AccountNumber FROM Account WHERE Id = :a.Id].

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Łukasz BieniawskiŁukasz Bieniawski
A small example from my side. You can use this in scripts, batches or any Apex logic, i.e:
Savepoint sp = Database.setSavepoint();
try {
    // any dmls here, i.e. delete and insert a lists of records
    delete someObjRecords;
    insert someObjRecords2;;
} catch (Exeption e){
    // Rollback changes on failure, there will be no any database changes related to delete and insert methods
    System.debug('An error occured: ' + e);