When triggers are used correctly, they can save a lot of development work. One of the main benefits of using triggers is that they are stored in a central repository (the database), meaning that they are accessible from all client applications / web pages that can connect to the database.
Before triggers came along, if we had a table that needed to be updated and we wanted to perform some actions after that update, then we would have to "hard code" the extra SQL into our application. This meant that if we wanted to change the code later down the track, then each client would need the updated version of our application. This is both annoying and time consuming.
If you're in the field of database design / development, and haven't seen triggers before, then you should take a look at some of the books and links below. They will give you some great information and examples about triggers and how to properly integrate them into your n-Tier applications.
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