A function performs some specified work, usually taking parameters as input. In terms of databases these may be specific to SQL or to the database vendor.

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Create a Function in sql server without specifying return_data_type

I am trying to create a Scalar-valued function in SQL server, without specifying the return_data_type i want to be able to return any datatype based on a parameter sent by the function caller e.g. ...
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Faster alternative to scalar UDF with recursion?

I have a scalar function that traverses a simple parent-child hierarchy of customers to find the ancestor that's in charge of billing. Here's a simplified version of the schema. CREATE TABLE Customer ...
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Is commit necessary after DML operation in Function/Procedure?

I wonder to know if it is necessary to write commit after insert/delete/update in function/procedure? Example: create or replace function test_fun return number is begin delete from a; return ...
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How do I create a user-defined aggregate function?

I need an aggregate function that MySQL doesn't provide. I would like it to be in MySQL's flavor of SQL (that is, not in C). How do I do this? What I'm stuck on is creating an aggregate function -- ...
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Granting Execute Permissions on Stored Procedures, Functions and Views

I am using a user which has read permission only. It basically has permission to Connect Execute However, it does not have execute permissions on Functions and Stored Procedures. In part of my ...
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MySQL: Why is DATEDIFF and TIMEDIFF/60.0/60.0/24.0 results different?

I have a database with two DATETIME values, and then I generate some new values from them: tdiff = timediff(d1,d2)+0 day1 = truncate(tdiff/60.0/60.0/24.0,0) day2 = datediff(d1,d2)+0 All three of ...
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What does NVL stand for?

What does NVL stand for? I'm talking about the Oracle and Informix (perhaps some others too) function used to filter out non NULL values from query results (similar to COALESCE in other databases).
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How to store and query products the price of which depends on a complex set of conditions?

I haven't decided on a database. I have expirience with MySQl and I'm intrigued by MongoDB. Let the products be packages of cable tv providers: { name: "Virgin TV", price: 20 }, { name: ...
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Scalar function used in calculated column, what's the cleanest way to update the function?

I want to update a scalar function in our database. This function is used for several calculated columns in a key table so I get a dependency error if I try to update it. I can explicitly remove the ...
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Why does it take a long time to drop a function based index in Oracle?

I have a function based index that takes 25 minutes to create on a table of 94 Million rows. When I drop the index, it takes 18 minutes. Why does it take so long? I would have thought the drop would ...
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What's the difference between functions and stored procedures? [closed]

I heard that the difference between functions and stored procedures in SQL Server is that functions are not stored in the database while stored procedures are. Is that true? If not, what are the ...
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Finding five-minute interval prior to current time

I want to find the five minute interval just before the current time. So if the current time is 8:43 I want to return 8:35 and 8:40. Here is the query that I have written and it is working as ...
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stored procedure returns ERROR 1305 (42000): FUNCTION does not exist

I have a stored procedure and function as below CREATE PROCEDURE ProcName() begin .... DECLARE curs CURSOR FOR select A.PList, B.nid from persons A inner join articles B on A.aid=B.id; .... ...
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Why do I get leading zeros when converting from decimal to char in a db2 query?

I have a column named length defined as: TYPE_NAME: DECIMAL DATA_TYPE: 3 COLUMN_SIZE: 9 BUFFER_LENGTH: 11 DECIMAL_DIGITS: 5 NUM_PREC_RADIX: 10 When I run the following select: select ...