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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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 ...
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Invalid use of a side-effecting operator 'INSERT' within a function - Multiple Inserts in Function

If this is not the right forum please let me know and move it for me. I've just got a bunch of inserts like this toward the end of my scalar function: INSERT INTO [Raptor].[dbo].[UserRole] ...
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Is there a means to set the owner of all objects in a PostgreSQL database at the same time?

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1348126/modify-owner-on-all-tables-simultaneously-in-postgresql describes some nifty ways to change table and other objects to a specific user, and it works ...