|RETURNS||Specifies the data type that can be returned from a function.|
|RETURN||Actual variable or value following the |
A stored routine is either a procedure or a function.
A procedure is invoked using a CALL statement and can only pass back values using output variables.
A function can be called from inside a statement just like any other function and can return a scalar value.
The following (trivial) example function simply returns the constant
DELIMITER || CREATE FUNCTION functionname() RETURNS INT BEGIN RETURN 12; END; || DELIMITER ;
The first line defines what the delimiter character(
DELIMITER ||) is to be changed to, this is needed to be set before a function is created otherwise if left it at its default
; then the first
; that is found in the function body will be taken as the end of the
CREATE statement, which is usually not what is desired.
CREATE FUNCTION has run you should set the delimiter back to its default of
; as is seen after the function code in the above example (
Execution this function is as follows:
SELECT functionname(); +----------------+ | functionname() | +----------------+ | 12 | +----------------+
A slightly more complex (but still trivial) example takes a parameter and adds a constant to it:
DELIMITER $$ CREATE FUNCTION add_2 ( my_arg INT ) RETURNS INT BEGIN RETURN (my_arg + 2); END; $$ DELIMITER ; SELECT add_2(12); +-----------+ | add_2(12) | +-----------+ | 14 | +-----------+
Note the use of a different argument to the
DELIMITER directive. You can actually use any character sequence that does not appear in the
CREATE statement body, but the usual practice is to use a doubled non-alphanumeric character such as
It is good practice to always change the parameter before and after a function, procedure or trigger creation or update as some GUI's don't require the delimiter to change whereas running queries via the command line always require the delimiter to be set.
DROP PROCEDURE if exists displayNext100WithName; DELIMITER $$ CREATE PROCEDURE displayNext100WithName ( nStart int, tblName varchar(100) ) BEGIN DECLARE thesql varchar(500); -- holds the constructed sql string to execute -- expands the sizing of the output buffer to accomodate the output (Max value is at least 4GB) SET session group_concat_max_len = 4096; -- prevents group_concat from barfing with error 1160 or whatever it is SET @thesql=CONCAT("select group_concat(qid order by qid SEPARATOR '%3B') as nums ","from ( select qid from "); SET @thesql=CONCAT(@thesql,tblName," where qid>? order by qid limit 100 )xDerived"); PREPARE stmt1 FROM @thesql; -- create a statement object from the construct sql string to execute SET @p1 = nStart; -- transfers parameter passed into a User Variable compatible with the below EXECUTE EXECUTE stmt1 USING @p1; DEALLOCATE PREPARE stmt1; -- deallocate the statement object when finished END$$ DELIMITER ;
Creation of the stored procedure shows wrapping with a DELIMITER necessary in many client tools.
DELIMITER $$ DROP PROCEDURE IF EXISTS sp_nested_loop$$ CREATE PROCEDURE sp_nested_loop(IN i INT, IN j INT, OUT x INT, OUT y INT, INOUT z INT) BEGIN DECLARE a INTEGER DEFAULT 0; DECLARE b INTEGER DEFAULT 0; DECLARE c INTEGER DEFAULT 0; WHILE a < i DO WHILE b < j DO SET c = c + 1; SET b = b + 1; END WHILE; SET a = a + 1; SET b = 0; END WHILE; SET x = a, y = c; SET z = x + y + z; END $$ DELIMITER ;
Invokes (CALL) the stored procedure:
SET @z = 30; call sp_nested_loop(10, 20, @x, @y, @z); SELECT @x, @y, @z;
+------+------+------+ | @x | @y | @z | +------+------+------+ | 10 | 200 | 240 | +------+------+------+
IN parameter passes a value into a procedure. The procedure might modify the value, but the modification is not visible to the caller when the procedure returns.
OUT parameter passes a value from the procedure back to the caller. Its initial value is NULL within the procedure, and its value is visible to the caller when the procedure returns.
INOUT parameter is initialized by the caller, can be modified by the procedure, and any change made by the procedure is visible to the caller when the procedure returns.
Cursors enable you to itterate results of query one by line.
command is used to init cursor and associate it with a specific SQL query:
DECLARE student CURSOR FOR SELECT name FROM studend;
Let's say we sell products of some types. We want to count how many products of each type are exists.
CREATE TABLE product ( id INT(10) UNSIGNED NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT PRIMARY KEY, type VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL, name VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL ); CREATE TABLE product_type ( name VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY ); CREATE TABLE product_type_count ( type VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY, count INT(10) UNSIGNED NOT NULL DEFAULT 0 ); INSERT INTO product_type (name) VALUES ('dress'), ('food'); INSERT INTO product (type, name) VALUES ('dress', 'T-shirt'), ('dress', 'Trousers'), ('food', 'Apple'), ('food', 'Tomatoes'), ('food', 'Meat');
We may achieve the goal using stored procedure with using cursor:
DELIMITER // DROP PROCEDURE IF EXISTS product_count; CREATE PROCEDURE product_count() BEGIN DECLARE p_type VARCHAR(255); DECLARE p_count INT(10) UNSIGNED; DECLARE done INT DEFAULT 0; DECLARE product CURSOR FOR SELECT type, COUNT(*) FROM product GROUP BY type; DECLARE CONTINUE HANDLER FOR SQLSTATE '02000' SET done = 1; TRUNCATE product_type; OPEN product; REPEAT FETCH product INTO p_type, p_count; IF NOT done THEN INSERT INTO product_type_count SET type = p_type, count = p_count; END IF; UNTIL done END REPEAT; CLOSE product; END // DELIMITER ;
When you may call procedure with:
Result would be in
type | count ---------------- dress | 2 food | 3
While that is a good example of a
CURSOR, notice how the entire body of the procedure can be replaced by just
INSERT INTO product_type_count (type, count) SELECT type, COUNT(*) FROM product GROUP BY type;
This will run a lot faster.
SELECT statement, a
Stored Procedure returns multiple result sets. The requires different code to be used for gathering the results of a
CALL in Perl, PHP, etc.
(Need specific code here or elsewhere!)
DELIMITER $$ CREATE DEFINER=`db_username`@`hostname_or_IP` FUNCTION `function_name`(optional_param data_type(length_if_applicable)) RETURNS data_type BEGIN /* SQL Statements goes here */ END$$ DELIMITER ;
The RETURNS data_type is any MySQL datatype.