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# method in assembly is not static

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I am trying to use an assembly called from a function in SQL Server 2005,

Here is the assembly code:
Public Class Distance

Public Function getDistance(ByVal lat1 As Double, ByVal lon1 As Double, ByVal lat2 As Double, ByVal lon2 As Double) As Double
Dim theta As Double
Dim dist As Double
Dim distance As Double
theta = lon1 - lon2
dist = Math.Acos(dist)
distance = dist * 60 * 1.1515
Return distance
End Function

Private Function deg2rad(ByVal Deg As Double) As Double
Return CDbl(Deg * Math.PI / 180)
End Function

Return CDbl(Rad * 180 / Math.PI)
End Function

End Class

Here is the code to register the assembly with sql server:
CREATE ASSEMBLY asmDistanceFunctions
FROM 'E:\web\clients\out2daylive\Bin\asmDistanceFunctions.dll'
WITH PERMISSION_SET = SAFE
GO

Here is the code for the function calling the assembly - THIS IS WHERE I GET AN ERROR!
CREATE FUNCTION dbo.clrComputeDistance
(
@lat1 as float,
@lon1 as float,
@lat2 as float,
@lon2 as float
)
RETURNS float
AS EXTERNAL NAME [asmDistanceFunctions].[asmDistanceFunctions.Distance].[getDistance]
GO

I get the following error:
Msg 6573, Level 16, State 1, Procedure clrComputeDistance, Line 1
Method, property or field 'getDistance' of class 'asmDistanceFunctions.Distance' in assembly 'asmDistanceFunctions' is not static.

How do I correct this?
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Question by:alivemedia
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Public Class Distance

Public Static Function getDistance(ByVal lat1 As Double, ByVal lon1 As Double, ByVal lat2 As Double, ByVal lon2 As Double) As Double
Dim theta As Double
Dim dist As Double
Dim distance As Double
theta = lon1 - lon2
dist = Math.Acos(dist)
distance = dist * 60 * 1.1515
Return distance
End Function

Private Function deg2rad(ByVal Deg As Double) As Double
Return CDbl(Deg * Math.PI / 180)
End Function

Return CDbl(Rad * 180 / Math.PI)
End Function

End Class
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Expert Comment

ID: 17873876
Of course, you could always also do this as a regular T-SQL function as well and not have the overhead of having to load an assembly (returns distance in meters):

CREATE FUNCTION DistanceBetween2PointsQ( @Lat1 float,@Long1 float, @Lat2 float, @Long2 float)
returns float as
return
((Abs(60 * (ACos((Sin(@Lat1 * (PI()/180)) * Sin(@Lat2 * (PI()/180)))
+ (Cos(@Lat1 * (PI()/180)) * Cos(@Lat2 * (PI()/180)) * Cos((@Long2 * (PI()/180) * -1)
- (@Long1 * (PI()/180) * -1)))) * (180/PI())))) * 1852)

GO
declare @Lat1 float
declare @Long1 float
declare @Lat2 float
declare @Long2 float
Set @Lat1 = 48.06361
Set @Long1 = 8.4251385

Set @Lat2 = 48.063526
Set @Long2 = 8.4250002

SELECT dbo.DistanceBetween2Points(@Lat1,@Long1,@Lat2,@Long2)
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Author Comment

ID: 17874329
actually doing it the way I am trying to will be several times faster.  right now it takes more than a second to run my query - that's just 1 user with no one else hitting the database.  From what I have read this should reallypeed this up for me since I am using SQl Server 2005 has asp.net CLR hosted in it.
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Author Comment

ID: 17874334
AngelII that gives me the following error:  Methods cannot be declared static

I am sure I am missing something small here
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Expert Comment

ID: 17874389
for visual basic you need to use Shared
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Author Comment

ID: 17874401
I figured it out, I needed to add shared to all of my functions:

Public Class Distance

Public Shared Function getDistance(ByVal lat1 As Double, ByVal lon1 As Double, ByVal lat2 As Double, ByVal lon2 As Double) As Double
Dim theta As Double
Dim dist As Double
Dim distance As Double
theta = lon1 - lon2
dist = Math.Acos(dist)
distance = dist * 60 * 1.1515
Return distance
End Function

Private Shared Function deg2rad(ByVal Deg As Double) As Double
Return CDbl(Deg * Math.PI / 180)
End Function

Return CDbl(Rad * 180 / Math.PI)
End Function

End Class

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Expert Comment

ID: 17874407
that's what I said.

Also make sure that you have enabled clr

EXEC sp_configure 'clr enabled',1
RECONFIGURE WITH OVERRIDE
GO
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Expert Comment

ID: 17874476
benchmarks on selecting variable long lat and a calculating distance from a defined position for 100,000 rows from a spatial database (OK, I'm doing a clustered index scan, with top 100,000 so this is pretty straightforward and provides a like for like comparison).

with CLR:
436 ms

with T-SQL UDF
548 ms

I eliminated the FIRST execution of the CLR process, as this had a small overhead in loading into memory for the first time (negligible, really) but wanted to make it accurate.

Then upped to 1,000,000 rows. CLR=8.2 seconds, T-SQL = 11.3 seconds.

In the long run the CLR does appear to be faster. But only significant at high volumes.
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Accepted Solution

Nightman earned 500 total points
ID: 17874480
CLR comes with the extra overhead of requiring the .NET framework and SQL 2005 - T-SQL will work fine on SQL 2000 (depending on your requirements this may be fine for you). However, there are documented instances of SQL not freeing up the resources when you want to deploy a new version of the assembly - you DON'T want to have to restart a production SQL Server simply to deploy.

Also, when mirroring (or log shipping or using peer-to-peer replication) the embedded assemblies are not mirrored - only the data and schema. This places an administrative overhead (documentation on change control) - again, this may not be a concern for you - just want to make sure you are aware of it.

Cheers
Night
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Author Comment

ID: 17874797
thanks for the great info - definitly something to keep in mind.
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